Kenya men's national basketball team

Kenya national basketball team is the national men basketball team in Kenya. It is operated by the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF).

Kenya Kenya
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FIBA ranking94 Steady (18 November 2022)[1]
Joined FIBA1965
FIBA zoneFIBA Africa
National federationKenya Basketball Association
CoachCliff Owuor
Nickname(s)Morans[2]
AfroBasket
Appearances4
Former logo of the Kenya Basketball Federation

Kenya hosted the 1993 FIBA Africa Championship where the team won 1 game and progressed to the semi final on a point differential, its best performance to date.

HistoryEdit

Basketball in Kenya was started in Mang'u High School in the 1960s by the Marianist Brothers when Brother Frank Russell took over as Principal. He had previous experience in the USA as a sports master and basketball coach in several schools.

Kenya beat Africa's 11-time champion Angola 74–73 in the AfroBasket 2021 qualification in Yaoundé, Cameroon, hence booking a place at the African tournament for the first time since 1993.[2]

In 2020, Kenya hired Australian Liz Mills as head coach, the first female coach in the Morans' history.[3] She helped the team qualify for AfroBasket 2021, its first tournament in 18 years. Mills became the first female head coach to coach at an AfroBasket tournament.

CompetitionsEdit

AfroBasketEdit

  Fourth place  

Year Round Position GP W L
  1965 Did not qualify
  1968
  1970
  1972
  1974
  1975
  1978
  1980
  1981
  1983
  1985 Classification round 12th 6 0 6
  1987 Did not qualify
  1989 Preliminary round 11th 4 0 4
  1992 Did not qualify
  1993 Fourth place 4th 5 1 4
  1995 Did not qualify
  1997
  1999
  2001
  2003
  2005
  2007
  2009
  2011
  2013
  2015
    2017
  2021 Round of 16 9th 4 1 3
Total Fourth place 4th 19 2 17

African GamesEdit

  • 1987 – 4th
  • 2019 – To Be Determined

FIBA AfroCanEdit

  Runners-up  

Year Round Position GP W L
  2019 Runners-up 2nd 5 4 1
Total Runners-up 2nd 5 4 1

TeamEdit

Current rosterEdit

Roster for the AfroBasket 2021.[4]

Kenya men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
PG 4 Situma Khaemba 29 – (1991-09-06)6 September 1991 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Ulinzi Warriors  
PG 5 Griffin Ligare 36 – (1985-05-19)19 May 1985 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Nairobi City Thunder  
SG 6 Erick Mutoro 29 – (1992-05-29)29 May 1992 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Ulinzi Warriors  
G 7 Victor Bosire 32 – (1988-12-31)31 December 1988 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Ulinzi Warriors  
PF 8 Fidel Okoth 24 – (1996-10-24)24 October 1996 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Strathmore University  
SF 9 Tylor Ongwae 30 – (1991-07-15)15 July 1991 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Bakken Bears  
SF 10 Albert Odero 24 – (1997-06-21)21 June 1997 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys  
SF 11 Valentine Nyakinda 29 – (1992-03-16)16 March 1992 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Kenya Ports Authority  
C 12 Desmond Owili 33 – (1988-02-22)22 February 1988 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Kilsyth Cobras  
PF 13 Ronald Gombe 29 – (1992-07-21)21 July 1992 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) CB Villarrobledo  
C 14 Tom Wamukota 27 – (1993-09-28)28 September 1993 2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Patriots BBC  
PF 15 Okall Koranga 31 – (1990-03-18)18 March 1990 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Kampala International University  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  •   Collins Gaya
Legend
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 24 August 2021

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Tom Wamukota Desmond Owili
PF Fidel Okoth Okall Koranga Ronald Gombe
SF Albert Odero Valentine Nyakinda
SG Tylor Ongwae Erick Mutoro
PG Victor Bosire Griffin Ligare Situma Khaemba

Head coach positionEdit

  •   Ronnie Owino – 1993, 2001–02, 2007, 2010
  •   Francis Ngunjiri – 2013
  • Cliff Owuor – 2020[5]
  •   Liz Mills – 2021[6]

Past rostersEdit

Team for the 2015 Afrobasket Qualification:[7]

Kenya men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club
Philip Otieno Ameny
Situma Khaemba
Ariel Okall Okoll Koranga
Kevin Kigotho Macharia
James Maina Mwangi
Ali Salim Mzee
Valentine Onyango Nyakinda
Tobias Onyango Nyindha
Victor Otieno Odendo
Joseph Omondi Ondinyo
Anthony Okello Opingo
William Ochieng Otieno
Allan Christopher Odongo Ouma
Joseph Ouma
Blacio Owuor Owili
Ancetas Samuel Wafula
Noel Yoni Were Wanambiro
Griffin Ligare Wisyuba
Head coach
  •   Francis Ngunjiri
Legend
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 19 August 2015

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 18 November 2022. Retrieved 18 November 2022.
  2. ^ a b Top coach relishes leading Kenya in AfroBasket Championship Maxwell Wasike (Kenya's Watching), 3 May 2021. Retrieved 11 May 2021.
  3. ^ Ayieko, Odindo. "Just who is Liz Mills, Kenya Morans' first-ever female coach?". The Standard. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Team Roster Kenya". fiba.basketball. Retrieved 12 September 2021.
  5. ^ DANN OWERRE (10 September 2020). "Coach Owuor pursues France-based Awich ahead of Afro-basket". The Star. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Just who is Liz Mills, Kenya Morans' first-ever female coach? : The standard Sports".
  7. ^ "Kenya | 2015 Afrobasket | ARCHIVE.FIBA.COM".

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