Timothy Simwa @timsimwa
Fallen Kenya Basketball Federation women’s Premier League giants Eagle Wings have unveiled a long-term recovery plan that will help them return to their glory days through the creation of junior under 14 boys and girls teams with future prospects of creating a basketball academy.
Wings coach Everlyne Kedogo says the plan has been made a success by Samuel Muthee, a Kenyan based in the US, where he moved to after landing a basketball scholarship upon completing secondary school.
This is great news for Wings who have paled into insignificance since winning the league title in 2011 as a result of financial constraints that has threatened its survival with most players exiting for greener pastures. The junior team will act as a conveyer belt for the senior side that has had to contend with a lean playing unit over the years.
“We have come along way to just let the team fade into extinction. Despite the many challenges that we face as a team, we have resolved to soldier on and the coming of Muthee will transform the team,” she said.
Speaking during the Josphine Nabwire Memorial Tournament that attracted more than 400 children in Mombasa last weekend, Muthee expressed his interest in giving back to the society through supporting young talents in basketball that ultimately landed him in the US.
“There is no better way of giving back to the society than making sure that talented children from under-privileged families can also achieve their dreams in sport.
Through this kind of initiative, we can transform their lives for the better,” said Shauri Moyo native Muthee. Selection of the junior Eagle Wings teams is already underway with a couple of players currently training at YMCA.
Financial constraints is not just a Wings problem, however, as several top flight teams are also grappling with the same challenge that has arguably impacted negatively on the level of basketball in the country.