It is Nairobi Morans vs Kampala Red Stars in Africa City Challenge final

It is Nairobi Morans vs Kampala Red Stars in Africa City Challenge final

 After five days of scintillating Basketball, Nairobi Morans will take on Kampala’s Red Stars in the finals of the Africa City Challenge final at Nyayo gymnasium on Friday night.

This will be the second meeting between the two sides with Moran edging Red Stars 59-55 when the two sides clashed on Tuesday.

Ben Oluoch, Nairobi’s head coach says despite the previous victory, his side will not be contented but will instead strive to be champions.

 “Even in the national team, we have never beaten Uganda for a very long time and they are ranked higher than us,” said Olouch who adopted the underdog name for the hosts. 

“The win on Tuesday helped to boost our morale. We lost very many second chance shots but we will have to work on that.” 

His counterpart Juruni Mandy, the Kampala head coach says they did not deserve to lose but promised to make amends in the final. 

“We did not play our game. The players were very confident of winning and that turned into panic which cost us. The strategy is to bring the A’ game if we are to be champions,” said the tactician.

The road to the finals sawKampala beat Mogadishu City 77-45. It was expected to be a tight game owing to Mogadishu’s performance in previous games but it was dominated by Kampala. 

At the three-point line where they were very lethal against Juba and Mombasa, Mogadishu lost their touch and made only three three-pointers out of 26 attempts.

 In the second semifinal, it was a one-sided affair for Nairobi as they hit the century mark in their 107-46 win over Mombasa City Sharks.

Evans Letting scored 13 points in the first quarter as Nairobi won 26-6. They had taken a 12-0 lead at the onset. The lead went up by 38 points in the second quarter at 51-13 with Nairobi winning 27-13 to lead 53-19 at halftime.

 Mombasa will play Mogadishu in the third and fourth ranking game. Dar es Salaam Dream Team finished fifth after beating Juba Bright Stars 82-76.

Winner will pocket Sh.620,000, first runner-up will take home Sh.300,000 with the second runner-up winning Sh.150 000.

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