Consistence, sacrifice, passion and hard work are just the few adjectives that came from Molly Odhiambo, the Captain and ‘big man’ of the JKUAT Ladies Basketball team, when asked to describe her team.
The team, famously known as Team Lynx, are the reigning champions of Kenya University Sports Association (KUSA) Nairobi league and have bagged a number of national tournaments throughout the season including the maiden KUSA National Basketball Tournament held in Eldoret and the November SportPesa EFC Tournament title.
Going into the 10th Edition of the Eastern Africa University Games, Molly is confident that they will lift the basketball trophy.
“With the consistence and grit we have had throughout the season, anything short of the gold medal will be an underachievement considering we have the home court advantage,” said Molly, a 3rd year student of Bachelor of Science in Water and Environment.
For a team that only won two games the previous season, Team Lynx has proved that hard work and determination are important for the success of any unit. Throughout the season, the ladies have gone an extra mile of registering for tournaments that are not part of their regular season just to enhance their skills, performance, knowledge and prowess of the game.
This really improved their game and even saw them promoted to the Division One of Kenya Basketball Federation starting next season. The team began camp, Saturday, December 10, 2016 and their secret weapon going to the games are the two best shooters in the University league, Juliet Atieno and Charity Namisi.
Juliet, a 2nd year student of Bachelor of Science in Industrial Biotechnology, is one of the best shooters Team Lynx has on their roster while Charity, a 3rd year student of Bachelor of Science in Radiography, was the third best scorer in the National Basketball Association Playoffs.
“We are prepared and ready to dethrone Uganda Christian University. We have the most committed coach who has really helped us grow in leaps and bounds. Thanks to him, my shooting game is on point,” attests Juliet.
Team Lynx coach, Peter Kimani, who also coaches the JKUAT male basketball team took over the team in January 2016 and he is impressed with the commitment and sacrifice made by the ladies in the team.
“I have seen these ladies grow as individuals and as a unit. When the league began, we were the underdogs but with every win the other teams in the league gave us the respect we deserved,” says Coach Kimani.