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Kenya face top ranked teams in 3×3 show in Romania

The top two teams from each pool qualify for the quarter-finals and will play knock-out games all the way to the final.

In Summary

•The team has two players each from Nairobi and Mombasa and had a full house towards the end of the week.

•He said Alexandria Juma has fully recovered from an injury and Medina Okot is back from Egypt, where she participated in the Junior NBA programme.

Kenya will face top-ranked teams in the U-23 FIBA 3x3 Nations League Final that tips off in Constanta, Romania on Wednesday.

According to the draws released yesterday, the Kenyans are placed in Pool 'D' alongside Japan and Lithuania.

"We are playing top-ranked teams, but from our training, I am sure we will be up to the task," offered coach Tony Ochieng.

"We have prepared physically and psychologically for the championship and we are ready now that we already know our opponents."

He went on: "We are going for that one win that will take us to the quarter-finals.

"The team has been in non-residential training and has played build-up matches with selected players. They jet out tomorrow at 4 am," he said. 

He added: "The team has two players each from Nairobi and Mombasa and had a full house towards the end of the week."

He said Alexandria Juma has fully recovered from an injury and Medina Okot is back from Egypt, where she participated in the Junior NBA programme.

"Alex has now recovered and Okot will bring the much-needed experience gained while playing in the Commonwealth Games."

Jacqueline Kago and Yvonne Okello are the other members of the team with Babra Achieng locked out due to school commitments. 

Rwanda men who qualified alongside Kenya in the Nairobi championships in July are also placed in Pool D.

Egypt men and women teams who qualified from the North event are in Pool A and Pool C respectively.

The three-day event will be held at the City Park Mall and will feature 12 men's and 12 women's teams.

The teams are divided into four pools of three and are seeded based on the 3x3 Fiba ranking.

The top two teams from each pool qualify for the quarter-finals and will play knock-out games all the way to the final. 

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