Ulinzi Warriors’ preparations for the East African Military Games in Burundi have been boosted by the inclusion of two key players.
A beaming soldiers’ team manager Stephen Bartilol yesterday revealed that the arrival of Elvis Akoyi and Vincent Juma after completing a military training course has improved their prospects in the championships set for between August 26 and September 8.
“The team is already in strict training and the availability of Akoyi and Juma gives us tremendous boost. The Burundian show will be very vital for our quest to capture the Zone Five title in Uganda,” said Bartilol.
He said that the former national champions, who are currently leading the table, will continue with strict training after Bujumbura in readiness for the Fiba Africa Zone Five championships slated for Kampala in October.
Ulinzi will face off against rivals APR of Rwanda, who beat them for the gold medal in a tough final played at their Kigali backyard last year.
“After the Bujumbura tournament we will regroup again in readiness for the Kampala show where we will definitely meet the Rwandese champions APR. It will be a huge morale booster,” he observed.
Kenya will be represented in this continental showcase by four teams including national men and women champions Kenya Ports Authority ( KPA) and Equity Bank as well as KPA women.