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Basketball starlets depart for SA

NAIROBI, Kenya, September 1 – Five basketball star players who were selected during the recently concluded Sprite Slam Basketball Challenge, left for South Africa on Tuesday for the Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Camp.

SPRITE_BASKETBALL_STARSThe five players, Bruce Ndikumana, Tyler Okari, Joseph Ouma, James Mathiang and Samuel Odera were selected during the National Finals that had a pool of 35 players drawn from across the country.

During the camp in Johannesburg, the five will join 100 other selected players from several other African countries including; Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Egypt, Cote d Ívore, Mali, Cameroon and Angola. The South African Camp will run from 1st – 7th September and will be conducted by a number of current NBA players – including Juwan Howard  – as well as Coaches and Managers.

Speaking during the departure of the players at the airport, Coca-Cola Senior Franchise Brand Manager for Kenya Pamela Mutua, encouraged the players to play their best.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity where the players will undergo training under the watchful eye of seasoned NBA players. If they put in their best, the Kenya team will also have a chance to win scholarships to join universities in the US, under the BWB program,” said Mutua.

During the camp, the players will undergo intensive rigorous training, perform skills drills and play a number of games against each other. The program’s format involves a draft at the beginning of the camp where 100 players are divided into 10 teams.

Basketball clinics are run daily in the morning to teach the fundaments (passing, shooting, dribbling, one-one moves, offense, defense etc) and thereafter, each pre-determined team has designated times to practice their camps offense and defense.

Games are scheduled for the afternoons and evenings and individual and/or team shooting games are incorporated into the daily schedule where players win prizes from International Basketball Federation (FIBA)/NBA.

Daily motivational life-skills seminars are conducted for the campers on various topics such as leadership, character development, teamwork and HIV/AIDS awareness and education.

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The Sprite Slam Basketball tournament – sponsored by Coca-Cola East & Central Africa through its brand Sprite – seeks to nurture talent and promote active and healthy lifestyles.

The Company has invested a total of US $ 500,000 (Ksh. 40 million) in this year’s tournament which will also see the refurbishment of 50 basketball courts across the country

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  1. Batiany Ole Kenya

    April 12, 2013 at 8:01 am

    The problem with marriage in Kenya is that there is a broke woman who is waiting for a man to marry her and change her financial status, this gives rise to gold-diggers and women taking men to court in order to obtain half their property. When a man dies, the first thing you hear a woman crying about is NOT how she lost a lover, but how she lost her source of income. Marriage in a kenyan context is sh**t. The article above only applies in developed countries.

  2. lisa raye

    April 12, 2013 at 10:10 am

    You cannot use Jay Z and Beyonce as examples, these are celebrities with a lot of cash in their bank accounts….Kenya is not like this….we are a developing world where financial stability is more important than companionship….this article will only help the writer…so out of context…haha

  3. kibz

    April 12, 2013 at 10:37 am


  4. Jay Gee

    April 12, 2013 at 11:08 am

    men who are concerned about their image will most probably go for younger women…they have an image to uphold. normal guys, i think, marry for love…case in point Michelle O and Barack

  5. Mr. X

    April 12, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Does this mean men marry older dumber women? Who then marries all the young ladies? I call BS.

  6. Godfrey Kimega

    April 14, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Good article but I wonder why you had to bring Beyonce and Jay-z into it.

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