Basketball Owalo Foundation lines up basketball tournaments in Nyanza to empower youth

A series of basketball tournaments have been lined up between March and May in a move aimed at elavating lives and empowering future generations.

The two tournaments courtesy of the Eliud Owalo Foundation, a leading charity organisation under the patronage of Cabinet Secretary for ICT Eliud Owalo, the tournaments will strive to foster sports development, encourage healthy competition and unity, and provide a platform for aspiring athletes to showcase their skills.

The first tournament dubbed “Nyanza Secondary Schools Basketball tournament”, will be staged in Kisumu between March 2 and 3 and will comprises of boys and girls teams. The tournament at Maseno School, Kisumu Girls, Kisumu Boys, and Kenyatta Sports ground in Kisumu has already attracted 26 school teams (13 boys’ teams and 13 girls’ teams) from Kisumu County, Homabay County, Siaya County, Kisii County, Nyamira County, Migori County and six top teams from the Kenyan Premier basketball League (ladies and men).

The second tournament will be staged between May 10 and 12 with six top teams (men and women) from the basketball League already listed for participation. According to a signrd statement from the Owalo Foundation, the primary goals of these tournaments are to identify and nurture talent for potential recruitment and/or opportunities for academic sports scholarships.

The High School’s tournaments will see 390 student athletes drawn from Nyanza schools, taking part. Under the leadership of Owalo, the Foundation has a long history of supporting sports teams and contributing to the development of sports in Kenya.

Notable contributions include the acquisition of a state-of-the-art bus for Gor Mahia, alongside sustained support for teams like AFC Leopards, Migori Youth FC, Shabana, and Muhoroni Youth.

Former basketball players have been shortlisted to spearhead the tournaments led by Chairman of Nairobi Basketball Federation (NBF), Ronnie Owino; Dickson Jawichre; Former Chair of FIBA Africa Morris Aluanga, Secretary Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) Angela Luchivya; former player and team manager Stanbic Bank Basketball Michael Riziki Mayienga; former player and Sports Journalist Dan Were; former national player and team manager Kenya Lioness Sylvia Kamau-Ochola and former national team player Abraham Muthogo.


Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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