Four lucky girls from slum areas have earned a chance to train with the national women's basketball team which starts preparations this Saturday in readiness for the Fiba Africa Zone Five tourney next month.
The four--Goreti Auma, Susan Rina (Kayole), Winnie Mwikali and Victoria Mwikali from Shauri Moyo-- landed the chance after impressing in the third edition of the national Junior Basketball Skills Development Programme, which ended on Sunday at the Railways Club in Nairobi. The nine-day clinic was sponsored by the Department of Sports in the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
The winner of the Zone Five contest will represent the region at the Africa Nations Cup in the Democratic Republic of Congo in September.
"The girls were impressive and used the skills they learned during their time in the clinic well and showed us they have the quality to compete at the highest level in the national league and teams," said Safia Mohammed, one of the instructors during the training.
Kenya National Sports Institute director, Joseph Kirima, said they were impressed by the youths who took part in the training especially from not well to do areas in the city and pledged to continue supporting the events in the years.
He also promised to look into the possibility of forming a departmental team comprising of the talented youths to represent them in the basketball leagues in the future.
"The clinic was a success and it has opened our eyes to the possibility of starting our own departmental team in addition to what the ministry gives to the Kenya Basketball Federation," said KIrima.
"The objective of the clinic is to nurture the children's talent and prepare them to be feeders for the Kenya Basketball Federation clubs. The training will also be conducted in the various Kenyan counties in 2013,"added Kirima.
Talent centres that took part in the high profile junior event conducted by the women national team head coach Ronny Owino were-- Eastleigh, Shauri Moyo, Kayole and Kibera.