Kenya team blow

Koranga absence a big blow- Coach

The tactician observed that the USA-based forward gives so much to the team and her presence makes everyone better.

In Summary

•Mayienga said he will have a one-on-one talk with the front court players on what to do in the absence of Felmas.

•"Felmas operates so well with the front court players Mercy (Wanyama) and Vilma (Achieng). But when the two are paired, the impact is different," he noted.

Lionesses players consult during recent Fiba Africa Zone Five qualifiers match
Lionesses players consult during recent Fiba Africa Zone Five qualifiers match
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Felmas Koranga's absence in the FIBA Afro-basket women's  Championship starting this week in Cameroon is a huge blow to Kenya, coach George Mayienga has admitted.

The tactician observed that the USA-based forward gives so much to the team and her presence makes everyone better.

"It's a real blow to our chances. Felmas gives us so much on defence and offence and I don't know how we will operate without her. Her role is unique," Mayienga said. 

He added: "She is a utility player who plays her role well and makes her teammates better. She gives them confidence and was key to my plans."

 However, he said the team will do their best in the tournament in the absence of the Troy University star player who can't make it due to classes.

"We may not have her in the team but we are ready for the task ahead. You never know someone might just surprise us," he said.

Mayienga said he will have a one-on-one talk with the front court players on what to do in the absence of Felmas.

"Felmas operates so well with the front court players Mercy (Wanyama) and Vilma (Achieng). But when the two are paired, the impact is different," he noted.

"During the Kigali qualifiers she was not fully recovered but was our main player. This time round we expected much from her."Lionesses departs tomorrow ( Tuesday) at 4 am for Yaounde, Cameroon for the September 18-28 16 team continental festival. 

Team manager Sylvia Kamau who confirmed travel arrangements said Dubai based captain Rose Ouma has joined the camp.The team, that has been camping since September 1 will have their last session today before the final squad is name. 

Kenya are in Group B with Cameroon and Cape Verde tip off their campaign against the host on the opening day.

In the premier league matches played at University of Nairobi courts, Strathmore University beat Africa Nazarene University 53-42.

Joy Adongo and Alexander Adala combined for 17 points for the winners who were down 22-24 at the break.

Stella Nekesa had 17 points from the losers. In the men's games, Eldonets silenced Umoja 62-49. James Omweno scored 18 points while Kelvin Baraza and Jeremiah Alicia hit 10 each.