Kenya Beat Egypt to Win FIBA Africa Women’s Zone 5 Qualifiers

Kenya are Champions of the 2021 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket Zone 5 Qualifiers.

PHOTO: Dan Nsengiyumva ( @Dan4tographer)

Kenya Lionesses beat Egypt  99-83 in Saturday’s FIBA Africa women’s Zone 5 qualifiers final in Kigali, Rwanda.

This means Kenya has secured a ticket to the FIBA Women’s Afrobasket taking place in Yaounde, Cameroon from 17th to 26th September.

Victoria Reynold Wanjara was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player as well as the best small forward while Felmas Adhiambo Koranga was named best power forward.

“It was a very competitive tournament and getting this award on my first time here with the team is unbelievable. I am pleased we have won and qualified,” Wanjara said.

Victoria Reynold Wanjara most valuable player
Kenya’s Victoria Reynold Wanjara was named the most valuable player in the FIBA Africa women’s Zone 5 qualifiers

Kenya Lionesses Assistant coach Jack Opel said the team had responded well to instructions and they are ready for the next task ahead.

“Egypt has been a thorn in the flesh for so long but now we have won and this feels great. It is all about persistence. We never gave up from the word go and when we took the lead we ran away with it.

“We are really excited. There is no rest for us. Celebrate now but work immediately.”

On Friday, Kenya booked a place in the final with a 79-52 semifinal win over hosts Rwanda. Egyptians defeated the Kenya Lionesses 107-16 when they met in the first round matches.