Basketball star celebrates rejoining the Zetech Sparks
The Zetech University ladies’ basketball team upped its squad this year by signing national team star Debra Obunga; Ms Obunga is eager to propel the team to greater heights when the Premier League resumes.
Ms Obunga, who starred for Kenya in last year’s Fiba Afro-Basket Championship in Dakar, joins the Sparks from former champions Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) on a scholarship. The skilled play-maker completed her Diploma at Zetech in 2017 and has resumed to pursue a degree while starring for the Sparks, under the University scholarship programme that supports talented students in accessing quality higher education.
The player is proud of the strides the team has made and believes the Sparks are ready for honours when the action finally resumes. While speaking to the Star newspaper, she said, “The team has good players and it’s balanced in all positions,” she said. “I believe if we train together; get the right chemistry and the necessary confidence, we can take on any team in the league.”
Obunga, who joined the varsity side alongside her team-mate Christine Akinyi, who was among the top two ranked players in the country after Kenya was placed third in Africa in the 3-on-3 basketball, celebrated her strong team which also features former University of Nairobi Dynamites’ Valerie Kemunto who is a good rebounder and shot blocker. Others in the team are Chantel Kyobe who starred for Buru Buru Girls and Maureen Bosibori.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, the team had been working together for over one month with Ms Obunga and everything was on course. For now, the ladies are observing an exercise regime at home as they enjoy the University’s blended online learning programme.