New Year's GOA Boost for Kenya basketball

New Year's GOA Boost for Kenya basketball

New Year's GOA Boost for Kenya basketball

A new state of the art Basketball court in Nairobi’s Kibra constituency is set to light up the area with others similar courts set in other locations  expected to spur a new image  in the sport .

This  is courtesy of the  outreach program  by Giants of Africa (GOA) in partnership with the Nairobi County Government.

The new court is located at Joseph Kang’ethe Grounds behind Moi Girls High School and is expected to be ready on January 31st. This is the second court being constructed by the organization following the successful installation of a similar facility at Diwopa Catholic Church in Kayole Estate last August.

 The  construction of  St.Joseph Kang'ethe  basketball court in Nairobi’s Kibra constituency is one  example of the pilot projects started by  GOA that will improve the game  and make  Kenya  a giant in the game.

GOA has appealed to other counties to form  county teams in a  bid  to streamline  and spread the game  to the grassroots.

 GOA Basketball coordinator for Southern and Eastern Africa Abel Nson who was  flanked by International Basketball Federation of Africa (FIBA) commissioner Wesonga Agina said it was unfortunate minnows like Burundi and Uganda have overshadowed Kenya standards  which is unacceptable.

 “Our primary objective is to empower the youth with facilities to develop both physically and socially via sports. GOA helps with the infrastructure and the county government avails the land and facilitates the tournament,” said Nson.

“The county government is financially supporting the tournament logistics and facilitation of the tournament and also availed the land the court is being built on,” said Mr. Nson.

 “GOA also facilitated a clinic for all the team coaches to ensure that they have the latest basketball knowledge which they will later impart to their players,” he added.

 The tournament is also being used to select Nairobi’s top twenty  Under-18 boys who will proceed to a training camp later this year.

 In his  speech, Wesonga who is a former Kenya  Basketball Federation(KBF) Chairman hailed GOA’s initiative of constructing
additional court and spreading the game in major  Nairobi constituencies..

 “Kenya as a country has witnessed the decay and loss of grassroots sporting facilities which in turn has affected the growth of local sports in general. I’m glad that the county government is working with GOA to ensure that these facilities are restored and our youth get a chance to showcase their talents,” said Mr. Wesonga.

 Ms. Tausi Mohammed Chief Sports Officers Nairobi County believes that this initiative will help other areas in Nairobi to commence youth programs of their own.

 “It’s our responsibility to ensure that the county youth are involve in activities that will help them develop positive attributes that will guide their lives and benefit their respective communities,” said Ms. Mohammed.

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