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New Makadara Basketball pitch; a milestone to Basketball in Mombasa

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[Kenya Basketball Federation Vice Chairperson Hilmi Ali addressing media during the Mashujaa cup tournament in Mombasa’s new Basketball pitch. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

Congo Nets basketball team emerged the champions’ having finished top during Mashujaa day tournament basketball tournament organized by Kenya Basketball Federation Mombasa branch (KBF).

The one-day tournament was played at Makandara grounds to launch the newly constructed basketball pitch at a cost of 1.5 million shillings.

The Congo Nets demolished Mombasa City Thunder basketball team 25-14 to clinch the first position during the Mashujaa day cup tournament.

Six teams that took part in the one-day event included Mbaraki Pirates, Mtopanga Finest, Congo Nets, Mikindani Pacers, Mombasa Thunder and Young Nets.

During the semi-final one between Congo Nets and Mbaraki Pirates, Congo Nets started the tournament on a high note crashing hard, responding to assists on ball coordination crashing the hard fighting 30-22.

In the semi-final two Mombasa City thwarted Young Nets 20-24 to qualify for the finals.

Mombasa City suffered humiliation under the hands of the Congo Nets during the finals.

Congo Nets went on rampage thrashing their opponents 25-14 points despite the massive support from local basketball enthusiasts who had thronged the venue.

Congo Nets who emerged victorious and Mombasa City the second each received a trophy, uniform and medals while the rest teams each received uniforms for their players.

Milestone

Addressing the media during the event Kenya Basketball Federation Vice-Chairperson Hilmy Ali said the new basketball pitch situated at the heart of Mombasa tourist resort city is a big milestone by providing a safe haven for transforming and rehabilitating the Mombasa youths who have been entangled in the web drugs and substance abuse.

Hilmi said the construction of the pitch in the old town which is a hotbed of youth drug users has led to the formation of a basketball team as a way of engaging the idle youth.

The Vice-Chair said he has deployed George Pewa to nurture and horn basketball skills to the newly formed team comprising youth from the Old town area of Mombasa County.

Hilmi said the new facility is lacking players changing rooms, lavatories and shade canopies and called upon well-wishers to chip in construction of the remaining facilities.

At the same time, the vice-chair lauded the Mombasa County government for installing night security lights at the pitch which he said will enable teams to train at night.