NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Equity Hawks women’s basketball team will
represent Kenya at this year’s African Club Championship, which
will be held in Maputo, Mozambique in November.
The Kenyan side emerged as winners from the Africa Zone Five
club championships in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and head coach
David Maina is basking in the glory.
“It is a good chance for us to showcase our skills and the
experience the team has gained. In last year’s competition, we
were making our debut in Luanda and we got hit badly to finish
last. This time round in Maputo, it will be a different game,”
Maina told Xinhua on Wednesday in Nairobi.
The coach, a former Kenyan international, is banking on the
sound recruitment he has done to bolster his squad to navigate
through the continental championships. Maina said Equity Hawks
can do him pride by reaching the last four in Maputo in
“It is the medal bracket we are targeting now. Our focus is
fully on the Africa Championships and we intend to do well,” he
added. The Hawks, who won the league title in their maiden
appearance in 2016 went on to represent the country at last
year’s Zone Five Club Championship in Kampala, finishing second
“We learnt a lot of lessons in our debut last year where we only
won one game. However, we went back to the drawing board to
rectify our mistakes and I believe the plan has paid off with
the win in Dar es Salaam. Equity Hawks are the Africa Zone Five
Club Champions,” added Maina.
Team captain, Joyce Nabwire, wants the team to focus on early
preparations before they leave for Maputo. “We need to keep the
momentum and remain in training. The Africa Championships is not
far away and we need to win,” Nabwire said.
In March, the FIBA Africa Central Board confirmed Bamako, Mali
and Maputo as the host cities for the African Championships for
the men’s and women’s competitions respectively. The two
finalists at both tournaments will represent Africa at next
year’s FIBA Basketball World Championships.