•The bankers are training twice a week—both in the mornings and evenings—for the regional tournament slated for September 26-October 1.
•Maina said the team has no injuries so far and will play their first Kenya National Basketball League (KNBL) in more than two months this week.
Equity Bank Hawks have intensified training ahead of the FIBA Africa Zone Five Women Club Championship in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania head coach David Maina revealed.
The bankers are training twice a week—both in the mornings and evenings—for the regional tournament slated for September 26 to October 1.
Maina said the team has no injuries so far and return to Kenya National Basketball League (KNBL) action this week after over two months.
"We are playing Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology on Sunday. They are not a strong team but it's better than not having a game at all," Maina offered.
Equity Bank, alongside Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), will represent the country in the six-day nine-team tournament.
Regional secretary general Vitalis Gode said other than the Kenyans, the other teams include debutants Nile Sister from South Sudan.
The rests are APR and REG, Young Sisters (Burundi), Vijana Queens (Tanzania), Walktie (Ethiopia) and Sporting Club (Egypt).
Meanwhile, Zetech University Sparks coach Maurice Obilo said they took a lot of positives from their loss to KPA in Mombasa.
Obilo said he believes with time, Sparks, who have only lost once out of seven, will be a force to reckon with.
Sparks went down 64-54 to leaders KPA in the game played at Makande Welfare Hall. They are second having picked up 13 points.
"Going to Mombasa and narrowly losing to the reigning national champions shows the students are on the rise," he said
He added: "I am very happy how the ladies played. I know if we had prepared well, we could have done better."