The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Egyptians Stand in Kenyans' Way to Africa Showpiece Ticket

Kenya yesterday beat Rwanda 71-39 in the on going FIBA Africa Nations Cup qualifiers in a match played at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania yesterday. The win saw Kenya move closer to securing a slot in the continental festival.

All Kenya will need is a positive result against Egypt in the last match to seal the ticket. Kenya took the first quarter 20-12 and trailed 13-14 in the second.

They then erupted for a 21-8 in third set and 18-15 in the fourth. Hilda Indasi hit a game high of 32 points while Angela Okoth posted 17. For the Rwandese, Mahoro Letisia had 13 and Tiema Henderigadu shot 25.

In the men's Pool 'B' match played on Tuesday, Kenya were stunned 79-81 by the war ravaged Somalia. Kenya got off to a shaky start, trailing 9-19 in the opening quarter to the chagrin of the crowd.

Kenyans then put their act together and swung into action stung into action in the second quarter as they took a high of 26-21 to trail 35-40 at half time.

After the breather, Kenya continued to mount pressure, pinning the Somalis down with a 28-20 cushion in the third quarter. But this was too little too late as they allowing Somali to storm right back in the game, taking the final quarter 21-16 to carry the day.

Having lost one match and lost another, Kenyans' chances of qualifying have been reduced to arithmetic and it will depend on the result from the last group match between Somalia and Burundi.

Joseph Khaemba buried 22 points for Kenya while William Ochieng added 15. The winners were pepped by Abdi Ahmed, who nailed game high of 26 and Fisall Juma who collected 20. Fixtures today will see Burundi play Rwanda, Uganda meet Tanzania and Kenya take on Egypt in the ladies matches.

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