Kenya returns to AfroBasket after 28-year wait

Morans, Kenya’s men’s basketball team, will play in one of Africa’s biggest basketball tournaments this year for the first time since 1993  after beating Angola 74-73 in a dramatic match in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) said it was “Kenya’s biggest night in the continental basketball for close to three decades”.

This is the fourth time, and the first for 28 years, that the Morans of Kenya will take part in AfroBasket finals which will be held this time round in Rwanda in September.

Angola has won AfroBasket 11 times and their defeat on Saturday night was something of a shock to many.

Congratulations poured in from Kenyan leaders after the Morans won, with former vice-president Kalonzo Musyoka calling the team’s victory “a massive win and a great moment in our basketball sports history”.

Liz Mills, the head coach of Kenya’s basketball team, became the first female coach of a men’s team to qualify for the AfroBasket finals.

“Going to Rwanda is great. We beat a powerhouse and it’s a wonderful feeling,” she said.

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