Cliff Owuor back as Kenya Morans coach
Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) has announced the return of coach Cliff Owuor to the helm of the national men’s basketball team, Morans for the 2023 FIBA World Cup qualifiers
At the same time, KBF has also released a provisional squad of 20 players.
Owuor is back having left the side before the second window of the 2021 FIBA AfroBasket qualifiers in February, which Australian Liz Mills was in charge up to the main tournament held in August/September in Rwanda.
Owuor was rehired by Rwandan club APR in December 2020 until the 2022-2023 season. He will be assisted by Collins Sadat Gaya, who was Mills assistant.
Some new faces in the 20-man player list are Orion Onyango from New York (USA), Tony Maina from Beijing, China and Sammy Opel (UAE).
American-born small forward Preston Bungei, who missed the AfroBasket in Kigali where Kenya finished ninth out of 16 countries, as he sorted out his Australian residency, is back and so is exciting youngster Albert Odero from New York and Morans star Tylor Ongwae.
Morans will meet Democratic Republic of Congo on February 25, Egypt (February 26) and Senegal (February 27) in their Group D matches of the first round of the 2023 World Cup qualifiers in Dakar.
Return matches are scheduled for July this year at a venue yet to be announced. The best three teams from all the four groups will advance to the second round.
1. Griffin Ligare - Nairobi City Thunder
2. Victor Bosire – Ulinzi Warriors
3. Orion Onyango - USA, New York
4. Eugene Adera - EMYBA
5. Joseph Khaemba – Ulinzi Warriors
6. Eric Mutoro – Ulinzi Warriors
7. Victor Ochieng – Equity Bank
8. Preston Bungei - Melbourne, Australia
9. Faheem Juma - Equity Bank
10. Tylor Okari - Bakken Bears, Denmark
11. Albert Odero - USA, New York
12. Tony Maina - Beijing, China
13. Sammy Opel - UAE
14. Valentine Nyakinda – Ulinzi Warriors
15. Ariel Okal - Dhofar, Oman
16. Joel Awich - Azrieux, Ufaransa
17. Job Byron – KPA
18. Bush Wamukota - Patriots, Rwanda
19. Desmond Owili - Melbourne, Australia
20. Fidel Okoth - Nizwa, Oman
Team Manager: Mercine Milimu
Assistant Team Managers: Moses Wanjara and Dennis Opiyo
Team Doctor: Duncan Ndeda
Team Physiotherapist: Erastus Wainaina
Head Coach: Cliff Owuor
Assistant Coach: Collins Gaya