Kenya aims to return to AfroBasket for first time in 27 years

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BEIJING, June 11 (Xinhua) -- Kenya coach Cliff Owuor is optimistic that Kenya have a strong chance to return to the continental showpiece after 27 years, as they prepare individually for the FIBA AfroBasket 2021 qualifiers.

Owuor, who guided Kenya to their first-ever podium finish when they earned a silver medal during the inaugural FIBA AfroCan show in Mali last year, remains upbeat about his team's chances.

After an online meeting with the team, Owuor introduced a new training schedule for his players, and received positive feedback.

The coach said that he is closely following the progress of his players ahead of the championships slated for November.

"I have assigned them workouts via video, they will send it back to me for assessment and advice. I want everyone to be fully fit when the team finally assembles for training," Owuor said.

With the coronavirus pandemic halting global sporting activities, Owuor said the self-discipline of the players during this time will be crucial when action finally resumes.

"The discipline of the players is important at this point. They must all take care of their daily trainings before the pandemic ends," Owuor said.

Kenya's Group B opponents are Angola, Mozambique and Senegal. Owuor said they will organize friendly matches and have targeted Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo to tune their preparations.

Kenya booked their ticket for the November event by winning the six-team FIBA Africa Zone Five pre-qualifier in Nairobi in January. They beat out Burundi, Eritrea, South Sudan, Somalia and Tanzania. Enditem

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