Unfinished business as Morans and South Sudan face off

Unfinished business as Morans and South Sudan face off
Tyler Ongwae in action/Photo/FIBA AfroBasket

With quarterfinal qualification at stake, expect this clash to be as explosive as they get, expect both sides to throw everything, including the kitchen sink, when they face off.

There is plenty of unfinished business as Kenya's Morans take on South Sudan in their FIBA AfroBasket pre-quarterfinal clash at the Kigali Arena on Tuesday 31 August 2021. 

As you may recall, these two sides faced off in an explosive encounter in Nairobi in January 2020, Kenya just stealing it 74-68 to make it to the AfroBasket qualifiers.

With quarterfinal qualification at stake, expect this clash to be as explosive as they get, expect both sides to throw everything, including the kitchen sink, when they face off.

Key actors in this fixture will include Kenya's Tylor Ongwae who has been the engine to this Morans side. He has averaged team-highs 15 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists in three games.

The 2.00m (6ft 7in) forward has been so impactful for Kenya that he established a tournament record for the highest minutes played (38:57) in a 40-minute game during the must-win clash against Mali. Only Cape Verde's Walter Tavares spent more time (41 minutes) on the floor when his team beat Angola in overtime.  

But, Ongwae isn't the only making wakes for Team Morans. Albert Odero and Ronald Gombe have been sensational for Kenya. 

Four players have been crucial for South Sudan so far. Teny Puot, Deng Acuoth, Mathiang Muo and youngster Dhieu Deing, who turned 20 on Saturday, August 28th.