The Star (Nairobi)

17 December 2012

Africa: USIU Sides Book Tickets for Africa Zone Five Tourney

UNITED States International University (USIU) teams booked their tickets for next year's Africa Zone Five Club Championship in Bujumbura, Burundi following their sterling performance in the Premier League play-offs.

Vitalis Gode, the regional body secretary, yesterday confirmed that the two USIU teams as well as Co-operative Bank of Kenya and Eagle Wings will fly the nation's flag in the event slated for August.

"Kenya will be represented by four teams in the regional championships in Burundi. I can confirm to you today that the teams are Co-op, Eagle Wings and the two USIU sides," said Gode.

The "Tigers" and "Flames" as USIU men and women's team are fondly known, got the nod after making it to the finals of the national Premier League with a virtuoso performance in their best league showing ever.

USIU women on Saturday fell 62-67 to reigning champions Eagle Wings in a tight Game Three play off finals match played before a packed Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium.

Flames led by the indefatigable Hilda Indasi trailed 17-22 in the first quarter and 11-16 in the second. But they recovered superbly after the breather as they took a 16-12 and 18-17 cushion in the third and fourth quarters respectively.

Indasi led the students charge with game high 30 points while Nancy Atieno managed nine. Leading the champions charge were national team players led by Angela Okoth, who posted 16 points, Samba Mjomba who bagged 14 and Shilalei Shani who made 12.

The men's final was stretched to Game Three after champions Co-operative Bank of Kenya rallied to beat USIU Tigers 72-60 in another storming encounter that left the fans entertained to the final horn.

Co-op raced to a early 20-10 first quarter advantage before the losers took the second quarter 13-9 and the third 18-10. But the bankers, not ready to be called former champions, kicked back to another strong 33-19 win in the last quarter.

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