Basketball Teams Put JKUAT on Sporting Map

Stray Cats in action during a league game

Three Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) Basketball teams have earned promotions to the next level of the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) league.

The University’s men’s basketball team (Stray Cats) took the Division Two (2) league by storm winning the league unbeaten on their way to Division 1 promotion.

The Stray Cats become the first side in the history to win the Kenyan league without losing.

The rare achievement by the JKUAT Stray Cats in sports circles has set the university community abuzz with fans expecting the Stray Cats to go on another marauding run in Division One (1).

The Stray Cats Captain, Collins Kwata, particularly caught everyone’s attention with his impressive performances during the league games and has been nominated the standout performer by his coaches after averaging 25 points a game.

The Stray Cats were not the only top achievers representing JKUAT in the league. Their female counterparts; popularly called the Lynx, also left tongues wagging with their dominant performances.

Elsie (with the ball) of Lynx in her element during a league game

The Lynx were promoted to the Premier League from Division One (1) after toppling KCA University at the semi-finals.

The Lynx Captain, Jane Jackeline Waithera together with Sophy Reena and Margaret Spinks were singled out by their coaches for their top performances. The trio individually averaged 16 points a game.

Another team, Warriors, which is a twin basketball team to the Stray Cats, and is composed of rookie players who are in their first and second year of studies, followed in the footsteps of the Stray Cats by bagging a promotion from the Nairobi Basketball Association to the KBF Division Two (2) league.

On behalf of the University Management, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi has hailed the University teams for demonstrating excellence performance and elevating the visibility of the JKUAT Brand not only as a training, research and innovation hub, but also as a veritable sporting powerhouse in the country and the region. She encouraged all the teams to sustain the momentum.

Stray Cats Celebrate League Victory with the Coach Mr. Kimani (Right)

The University’s Basketball Coach, Mr. Peter Kimani, was jubilant after masterminding the wins and earning the bragging rights over league rivals.

Despite winning the league unbeaten in the Men’s category, Mr. Kimani stated that Division Two is the toughest league pointing out the high number of teams in the competition and fierce competition expected in the away games.

He said, the Lynx have over-achieved by earning promotions to the league further explaining, he expects a fierce catfight in the premier league.

The female team Assistant Coach, Ms. Mary Chepkoi, said, she expects big things from her team in the premier league, adding, “the University’s support throughout the competitions was a morale booster to the players.”

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