Cliff Owuor back as Kenya Morans coach

Cliff Owuor back as Kenya Morans coach

Kenya Morans coach Cliff Owuor (centre) rallies his charges during their Fiba Afro Basket qualifier against Senegal at the Kigali Indoor Arena, Rwanda on November 25, 2020.

Photo credit: Pool | Fiba

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.

Kenyan squad:

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

Technical bench:

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