Wamukota extends Rwandese stay

Wamukota extends Rwandese stay

Bush Wamukota

Kenya national men's basketball team Centre player Tom 'Bush' Wamukota has extended his stint in Rwanda for two more years.

Wamukota penned a two-year deal with Rwandese champions APR Patriots Basketball Club this past Thursday (7 January 2021).

The seven foot player joined the side in February 2020 from Tunisia on a one year contract.

The Centre player's attempt at moving to a Congolese (DR) side last November did not materialise forcing home to explore opportunities at the Patriots BC. The Morans player will be seeking to recapture his place in the national team after missing the first Afrobasket Qualification window in November in Kigali, Rwanda on account of Covid-19 protocol in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Elsewhere, the Morans are set to resume preparations for the second window of Afrobasket Qualifiers on January 9.

The showpiece is slated for between February 19 and 21 in Kigali and Kenya will faceoff with the same teams they played in November. At the first window of qualification, Morans encountered Africa's seed two Senegal, former continental champions Angola and Mozambique where they got beatings from the former two and reigned Supreme over the Portuguese-speaking country.

In order to qualify for next year's African Championships, Kenya must finish in the top three in Group B. As it stands, Moran's have one leg in the Championships but must at least defeat Mozambique in the second round to fully secure a place in the continental show.

That said, the Cliff-Owuor tutored outfit may have it rough to replicate their November results against Mozambique who have made several significant changes in their technical bench ahead of the Qualifiers. After losing all their three ties in round one, the Mozambican basketball federation parted ways with former head coach Milagre Macome and compatriot Miguel Guambe took over the reigns.

Besides Wamukota, Morans are expected to have the services of guard Preston Bungei, who has recently joined Danish side Randers Cimbria, Portugal-based forward Alonzo Ododa and small forward Joel Awich  who plies his trade in France.

Despite Bungei traveling to Kigali in November, he did not feature in the competitions on account of not processing a Kenyan passport but an American one.

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