Kenya deaf basketball teams eye Africa gold

Kenya deaf basketball teams eye Africa gold

The national men’s and women’s deaf basketball teams have stepped up their preparations as time draws closer for the inaugural All Africa Deaf Games set for April 14-26 in Nairobi.

The Kenya Deaf Basketball Federation chair-lady Miriam Opondo is impressed with the progress and is very positive that the teams will bring home gold at the AADG next month.

“We are targeting to win Gold medal at the Continental Games, thus as we train our eye are glued to the prize. The teams have made commendable progress since they were selected a fortnight ago and I urge them to continue working extra hard to make it to the final 12,” said Opondo.

The two national  lineups will encounter other tough teams from Africa and have pointed out Nigeria as the strongest opponent in the show.  

“Both Nigerian teams are very strong but I believe with extra efforts we will win the title. Besides, we are playing at home, an inspiration to us to play for the silverware,” added Opndo.

With all the enthusiasm and determination, the team lacks training facilities and have been forced to train once a week, on Wednesdays. This, they fear might affect their performances at the bonanza.

“The gym is available to us to train on Wednesdays only, which is no adequate time for preparation for any competitions. But even with the little resources, we refuse to give up."

The federation hopes to assemble the teams to camp two weeks before the tournament to increase our sessions,” continued Opondo.

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