Kenya beat Angola, qualify for FIBA AfroBasket 2021 tournament for first time in 28 years

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Kenya's Erick Mutoro (right) after their Fiba AfroCan tournament quarter-finals match against Tunisia in Bamako, Mali Photo by FIBA
Kenya’s Erick Mutoro (right) after their Fiba AfroCan tournament quarter-finals match against Tunisia in Bamako, Mali Photo by FIBA

Kenya men’s basketball team Morans made history on Saturday night after stunning heavyweights Angola 74-73 in a nail-biting contest in Yaoundé Cameroon, to qualify for the FIBA AfroBasket 2021 tournament in Rwanda.

Morans made a huge statement as they upset red-hot Angola, a team that Kenya has never beaten in the history of basketball in Africa.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta congratulated the team for the great milestone.

The crucial win enabled the Liz Mills-led side qualify for the showdown in Rwanda for the first time in 28 years despite having not played against Mozambique, a clash that will be played today ,Sunday.

The spirited Morans were thumped 22-9 in the first quarter but dug deep to lead 19-17 in the second.

The Kenyan team led 25-17 in the third and 21-17 in the fourth quarter, a historic comeback from 13 points against the African giants.

(With input from agencies)

 

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