Kenya men's national basketball team

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Kenya Flag of Kenya.svg
Kenya Basketball Federation.jpg
FIBA ranking 111 Increase2.svg 1 (9 August 2021) [1]
Joined FIBA 1965
FIBA zone FIBA Africa
National federation Kenya Basketball Association
Coach Liz Mills
Nickname(s)Morans [2]
AfroBasket
Appearances4
Former logo of the Kenya Basketball Federation KEN.jpg
Former logo of the Kenya Basketball Federation

Kenya national basketball team is the national men basketball team in Kenya. It is operated by the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF).

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Kenya hosted the 1993 FIBA Africa Championship where the team surprisingly reached the Final Four, its best performance to date.

History

Basketball in Kenya was started in Mang'u High School in the 1960s by the Marianist Brothers when Brother Frank Russell took over as Principal. He had previous experience in the USA as a sports master and basketball coach in several schools.

Kenya beat Africa's 11-time champion Angola 74–73 in the AfroBasket 2021 qualification in Yaoundé, Cameroon, hence booking a place at the African tournament for the first time since 1993. [2]

In 2020, Kenya hired Australian Liz Mills as head coach, the first female coach in the Morans' history. [3] She helped the team qualify for AfroBasket 2021, its first tournament in 18 years. Mills became the first female head coach to coach at an AfroBasket tournament.

Competitions

AfroBasket

  Fourth place  

YearRoundPositionGPWL
Flag of Tunisia.svg 1965 Did not qualify
Flag of Morocco.svg 1968
Flag of Egypt.svg 1970
Flag of Senegal.svg 1972
Flag of the Central African Republic.svg 1974
Flag of Egypt.svg 1975
Flag of Senegal.svg 1978
Flag of Morocco.svg 1980
Flag of Somalia.svg 1981
Flag of Egypt.svg 1983
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg 1985 Classification round12th606
Flag of Tunisia.svg 1987 Did not qualify
Flag of Angola.svg 1989 Preliminary round11th404
Flag of Egypt.svg 1992 Did not qualify
Flag of Kenya.svg 1993 Fourth place4th514
Flag of Algeria.svg 1995 Did not qualify
Flag of Senegal.svg 1997
Flag of Angola.svg 1999
Flag of Morocco.svg 2001
Flag of Egypt.svg 2003
Flag of Algeria.svg 2005
Flag of Angola.svg 2007
Flag of Libya.svg 2009
Flag of Madagascar.svg 2011
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg 2013
Flag of Tunisia.svg 2015
Flag of Tunisia.svg Flag of Senegal.svg 2017
Flag of Rwanda.svg 2021 Round of 169th413
TotalFourth place4th19217

African Games

FIBA AfroCan

  Runners-up  

YearRoundPositionGPWL
Flag of Mali.svg 2019 Runners-up2nd541
TotalRunners-up2nd541

Team

Current roster

Roster for the AfroBasket 2021. [4]

Kenya men's national basketball team roster
PlayersCoaches
Pos.No.NameAge – Date of birthHeightClubCtr.
PG 4 Situma Khaemba 29 – (1991-09-06)6 September 19911.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Ulinzi Warriors Flag of Kenya.svg
PG 5 Griffin Ligare 36 – (1985-05-19)19 May 19851.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Nairobi City Thunder Flag of Kenya.svg
SG 6 Erick Mutoro 29 – (1992-05-29)29 May 19921.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Ulinzi Warriors Flag of Kenya.svg
G 7 Victor Bosire 32 – (1988-12-31)31 December 19881.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Ulinzi Warriors Flag of Kenya.svg
PF 8 Fidel Okoth 24 – (1996-10-24)24 October 19962.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Strathmore University Flag of Kenya.svg
SF 9 Tylor Ongwae 30 – (1991-07-15)15 July 19912.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Bakken Bears Flag of Denmark.svg
SF 10 Albert Odero 24 – (1997-06-21)21 June 19971.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys Flag of the United States.svg
SF 11 Valentine Nyakinda 29 – (1992-03-16)16 March 19922.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Kenya Ports Authority Flag of Kenya.svg
C 12 Desmond Owili 33 – (1988-02-22)22 February 19882.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Kilsyth Cobras Flag of Australia (converted).svg
PF 13 Ronald Gombe 29 – (1992-07-21)21 July 19922.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Kenya Ports Authority Flag of Kenya.svg
C 14 Tom Wamukota 27 – (1993-09-28)28 September 19932.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Patriots BBC Flag of Rwanda.svg
PF 15 Okall Koranga 31 – (1990-03-18)18 March 19902.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Kampala International University Flag of Uganda.svg
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Flag of Kenya.svg Collins Gaya
Legend
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 24 August 2021

Depth chart

Pos.Starting 5Bench 1Bench 2
C Tom Wamukota Desmond Owili
PF Fidel OkothOkall KorangaRonald Gombe
SF Albert OderoValentine Nyakinda
SG Tylor Ongwae Erick Mutoro
PG Victor BosireGriffin LigareSituma Khaemba

Head coach position

Past rosters

Team for the 2015 Afrobasket Qualification: [7]

Kenya men's national basketball team roster
PlayersCoaches
Pos.No.NameAge – Date of birthHeightClub
Philip Otieno Ameny
Situma Khaemba
Ariel Okall Okoll Koranga
Kevin Kigotho Macharia
James Maina Mwangi
Ali Salim Mzee
Valentine Onyango Nyakinda
Tobias Onyango Nyindha
Victor Otieno Odendo
Joseph Omondi Ondinyo
Anthony Okello Opingo
William Ochieng Otieno
Allan Christopher Odongo Ouma
Joseph Ouma
Blacio Owuor Owili
Ancetas Samuel Wafula
Noel Yoni Were Wanambiro
Griffin Ligare Wisyuba
Head coach
  • Flag of Kenya.svg Francis Ngunjiri
Legend
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 19 August 2015

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References

  1. "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 9 August 2021. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  2. 1 2 Top coach relishes leading Kenya in AfroBasket Championship Maxwell Wasike (Kenya's Watching), 3 May 2021. Retrieved 11 May 2021.
  3. Ayieko, Odindo. "Just who is Liz Mills, Kenya Morans' first-ever female coach?". The Standard. Retrieved 1 September 2021.
  4. "Team Roster Kenya". fiba.basketball. Retrieved 12 September 2021.
  5. DANN OWERRE (10 September 2020). "Coach Owuor pursues France-based Awich ahead of Afro-basket". The Star . Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  6. https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/sports/basketball/2001403847/just-who-is-liz-mills-kenya-morans-first-ever-female-coach
  7. http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fa/team/p/sid/10466/tid/312/_/2015_Afrobasket_Qualifying_Round/index.html