Kenyans bank on Okoro to reach African b’ball semis

Ahead of Thursday’s (today) quarter-final clash against Alexandria Sporting Club at the ongoing Africa Champions Cup Women basketball tournament, Kenya Ports Authority are banking on Nigerian Ifunaya Okoro to book a place in the semi-final of the competition, The APROKOVIBES reports.

KPA have unearthed a gem in guard Okoro, who has provided the bulk of the scoring for the club from Mombasa. Her 22 points and 5.8 assists per game helped KPA get through the group stages.

Okoro has been outstanding for the Kenyan side and they will hope she replicates her impressive form today.

However, the Nigerian is not the only player whose talent has come to the fore in this tournament, center Madina Okot has also stepped in a big way for KPA. She has done the dirty work shot blocking at the defensive end and has racked up a staggering 22.8 rebounds per game. Okot is also developing into a good scorer, with a record of 9.8 points a game.

The final day of group play saw KPA and Sporting experience contrasting fortunes.

While KPA ended the group stages on high after beating CNSS to finish with a 2-2 record, Sporting experienced defeat at the hands of Ferroviario de Maputo.

Sporting will expect team captain Hagar Amer to help lift the team’s morale after their group game loss to Ferroviario.

Amer experienced frustration at certain moments in the game against the Mozambicans despite scoring 20 points and crashing 13 boards. The 1.85m (6ft 1in) Amer will not be alone in helping to carry the team as American guard Cierra Dillard, who has recorded 17 points and three assists a game, is a good scorer and decent opportunity provider for teammates.

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