In a season dedicated to their fallen men’s team star Enock Ogecha, who lost his life in a road accident, Eldonets women’s basketball team made a decision to give it their all and win the championship. They ended up winning the KBF Women’s Division 1 League defeating the number one seed JKUAT Lynx 3-1 in the playoffs finals series.

“After loosing Enock Ogecha (RIP), we were more determined to win the finals to honour him, he was a great mentor on and off court.” Says captain Cynthia Kiptoo

Winning the Division 1 championship was a great deal for the ladies who couldn’t hide their joy.

“it feels so sweet winning the championship because its something we have worked for. We had a strategized to close the playoffs finals series 3-0 but unfortunately we lost our third game away in Nairobi. It was a wake up call and the next day we played with a different mentality, a winning mentality,” says Eldonets forward Stacy Ongwae.

Stacy Ongwae Eldonets Forward. Photo Courtesy Hooops Mtaani

She adds that they’re looking forward to a great season. Playing against Equity Hawks and champions KPA will be a dream and a challenge they look forward to.
Like any other team they started the season facing multiple hurdles and finding the right chemistry. This forced the Eldoret side to lose some games. However they found their groove and cruised all the way to the finals with the second best record in the regular season. Their main challenge has been financial shortage and they majorly depend on well-wishers. The Eldonets team manager, Morgan Omusundi, has dedicated himself to supporting the team in a huge way, something the Eldonets ladies are grateful for.
With hopes of getting a sponsor before their Premier League season debut, the Eldoret based squad promise to live up to the hype and they won’t back down from any challenge.

“We want to compete with the big girls and get to the playoffs. It will be an honor to play against great players,” added Cynthia Kiptoo

Eldonets Women Basketball. Photo Courtesy

The team is looking to add more pieces to their squad. Eldonets will have tryouts on the 12th of March at their Uasin Gishu base with hopes of adding more players to fuel their PremierLeague quest and to improve their firepower.
The team believes that they are going to the Premier League to up the competition, and make a playoffs run. If you believe it, it might as well just happen. Eldonets are here and we love to see it.

By Ariel Okall


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