May 28, 2024

KPA, Equity set for Zone 5 action as Zetech withdraw

KPA, Equity set for Zone 5 action as Zetech withdraw
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This is a qualifier for the 2023 FIBA Africa Champions Cup set to take place in Egypt, between 8 and 17 December.

This year's FIBA Africa Zone 5 Women's Club Championship is set for Rwanda later this month with Kenya represented by holders Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and Equity Hawks.

The competition was initially scheduled to take place from 21 to 28 October before FIBA Africa rescheduled it to 28 October to 4 November in Kigali.

This is a qualifier for the 2023 FIBA Africa Champions Cup set to take place in Egypt,  between 8 and 17 December.

Kenya was set to be represented by KPA alongside last season's losing finalists Zetech Sparks but the latter withdrew citing lack of funds.

While confirming the development, Sparks head coach Maurice Obilo says the players understand the team's predicament and while it is disappointing to miss out on what would have been their debut on the continental competition they will strive to qualify again this season.

“The University management was not prepared to fund the team for the trip to Rwanda for this year’s regional championship. It affected the team’s morale but we have talked to the players and they now understand so we are in a better place as we begin the season,” coach Obilo adding that in future the institution will be better prepared for such an undertaking.


Organizers are expecting 10 women’s teams to grace the competition led by hosts APR and Rwanda Energy Group (REG)

Other teams confirmed include Tanzania's  Vijana Queens and JKT Stars, South Sudan's Nile Legends Uganda JKL Lady Dolphins who are currently battling for the 2023 national title against KIU Titans as well as UCU Lady Canons, the outgoing champions. Burundi has registered Gladiators to take part.