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Kenya hope to introduce 3×3 Basketball league.

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Kenya is planning to introduce the 3X3 basketball league after making its debut at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

The Kenya men’s 3X3 Basketball team head Coach Zadock Adika said after guiding his team of Larry Shavanga, Faheem Juma, John Odhiambo and Darril Omondi into the quarter-finals.

Kenya is the only African team in the ongoing games and according to coach Adika, if the sport is made popular in the continent, then Kenya will be a force to reckon with.

“In Africa, we don’t have such big tournaments. There was stage fright at the beginning from my boys, but after two days we got used to the situation,” Adika said.

“With this kind of game, we are going to the next level and get to where these teams are. They play in Euro leagues and some of them play in the United States, but for us, we play in the local leagues,” he added.

“As we go back we are going to ensure that we improve and get 3X3 basketball as a league, something that can help us move to the next level.”

Adika’s team tried to outplay their opponents in Group A, but fell 14-15 in a thrilling match in what was their most competitive performance of the Championship.

“We looked at Scotland videos, did our homework and tried to correct what we were doing wrong in the previous two days and I think the boys really stood out to the occasion,” the coach added.

Adika however expressed joy with his team qualifying to the quarters.

“We are already in the quarter-finals which is very important for now. We will know who our opponents are. We have already seen how the teams play and I am sure we’ll do something good going forward.”

The 3X3 basketball is making its debut at the Commonwealth Games where the Pool winners qualify to the semi-final while the second and third placed teams advance to the last eight.

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