• Kenya's deaf basketball team readies for African qualifiers

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Feb 14, 2012-

Kenya’s Deaf Basketballers ‘King Deaf’, have pitched camp at Nyayo national Stadium to finalise on their preparations for the African deaflympic qualifiers which will be hosted in Nairobi from 21 -26 February.

The tournament which will be staged in Kenya for the first time will see the hosts compete against Mali and Nigeria for the sole ticket for the 2013 deaflympic ticket that is scheduled for Budapest, Hungary.

The organizers have invited Uganda and Tanzania who are yet to send in their confirmations so as to boost the level of competition though they will only compete as guest teams.

Nigeria are favourites in the vent which will be played at the Nyayo stadium as they are more experienced and boasts of seasoned players unlike the Kenyans who will be making their maiden debut in the qualifiers.

“The team is showing determination and the players are psyched to play so far. Being the first time for the team to play in the Olympic qualifiers, we expect teams like Nigeria who have been in the championship for so long to perform well,” said team head coach, Charles Doro.

Doro who has been guiding the team through their paces remains optimistic that Kenya can upset the formbooks.

The Kenyan camp however has to make do with a myriad of challenges from lack of enough training gears, balls, and even commuting expenses from their residential base at the YMCA.

The squad: Caleb Kabaka,Daniel Ochola, Peter Kagotho,,Javis Manyasi,Calvin Musalia,Elvis Odhiambo,Victor Ogunga,Dickson Juma,Brian Wainaina,Bonface Odhiambo,Charles Ngugi,Khalifa Hassan,Tomothy Kamau,Ben Biketi.

 

 

Elvince Joshua

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