2 key Morans players Desmond Owili and Valentine Nyakinda have actually tipped Kenya to get approved for the Fiba Africa Afro-Basket 2021 in Kigali, Rwanda.

The duo exuded self-confidence that the group will pass the second window qualifier slated for Yaounde, Cameroon next month.

Owili did not return to Australia, where he shows up for Kilsyth Cobras opting rather to prepare at home with his team-mates.

” Last time, I showed up just a couple of days to the competition and I wasn’t totally prepared. I chose to stay home to exercise with the remainder of the gamers,” he explained.

Nyakinda on the other hand said; “We have occurred way and gained the much needed experience. This time round, we are all set for any group.”

The group is undergoing training at Nyayo Stadium gymnasium under assistant coach Sadat Gaya. Kenya will take on Senegal, Angola and Mozambique in Group ‘B’ from February 17-21. Morans won one game in the very first window in Kigali in November.

Gaya said the group will heighten their training in the coming days as they await for the arrival of other diaspora-based gamers to join camp.

Kenya require a minimum of a win to reserve a ticket to their first Afro-Basket in 27 years. They are in Group ‘B’ alongside Senegal, Angola and Mozambique. Griffin Ligare, Eric Mutoro, Valentine Nyakinda, Desmond Owili, Ariel Okal, Faheem Juma, Fidel Okoth, Victor Ochieng and Ken Wachira are currently in camp.

Twenty one gamers were called up to the group for the February program with five young players included to begin adapting to the side.

Diaspora-based gamers Tyler Ongwae, Preston Bungei, Ronny Gundo, Joel Awich and Nelson Ododa are expected to sign up with the camp later on.