Sports Updates - May 26, 2023

By John Sande, Lynn Mwangi & Shyat Lemoshira

USIU-Africa Tigers, the basketball men’s team encounter with the ABSA Group team was an intense match, which necessitated the inclusion of extra time. The playoff match happened on Saturday, May 20 at 6.00pm at Nyayo Stadium, Basketball Gymnasium. The Tigers regrouped and sank a flurry of three-pointers to win the game 93-86.

The basketball ladies’ team, the USIU-Africa Flames also registered a win during their match against Strathmore University Swords, who they beat 55-39, securing themselves a slot in the finals.

The Tigers will face Strathmore Snipers in the KBNL playoff finals on Friday, May 26 at 6.00pm, Saturday, May 27 at 4.00pm and Sunday, May 28 at 4.00pm. The Flames will play against Zetech Development on Saturday, May 27 at 2.00pm and Sunday, May 28 at 12.00pm.
On Saturday, May 20, Antony Oketch of the USIU-Africa swimming team, the Dolphins, competed in the Kenya National Swimming Time Trials in Kasarani. He swam well but did not receive a medal. 18 Dolphins will compete in the forthcoming swimming gala, which will take place from Friday, May 26 to Sunday, May 28 at Makini School, and we wish them the best of luck.

On Wednesday, May 17, the USIU-Africa hockey men’s team, Team Mashujaa, stunned the Sharks with a 2-1 victory matched played at City Park Stadium. They will face reigning champions Butali in a challenging Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) Premier League encounter on Saturday, May 27 at 6.00p.m. at City Park Stadium in Parklands. The ladies’ hockey team, Team Spartans, will play two KHU Premier League games against the Lakers on Saturday, May 27 at 4.00pm and the Blazers on Sunday, May 28 at 4.00pm, both at City Park Stadium in Parklands.
The USIU-Africa Wolves, the USIU-Africa soccer men’s team, carried out community service in Runda where they engaged in tree planting and mentored the children on Saturday, May 20. To commemorate the visit, the team played a friendly match against the community team which ended 2-2. They had another friendly match against Daystar University at the USIU-Africa soccer pitch on the same day which ended 6-5 in favour of the Wolves.

Scrabble Kenya organized their free entry youth tournament (3rd edition) for people under the age of 30 on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21 at the Stima Club in Ruaraka. This was the first young event for a few USIU-Africa scrabble team members, and it gave them valuable learning opportunities as they faced motivated and good players from various institutions or regions. Participants consisted of the following: Itimu Kaburu, Grace Isabella Mungai and Shyat Moi Lemoshira. Lemoshira was ranked 26th out of the 34 participants with 6 wins, 12 loses and a spread of -135 after completing all 18 rounds.

The USIU-Africa chess team will be participating in the Chess Kenya Super League which commences in the upcoming weekend. They will face Lighthouse Queens and Mavens Warriors on Saturday, May 27 at 9.00am and 2.00pm respectively. Further, the team will play against University of Nairobi (UON) and Nairobi Chess Club C on Sunday, May 28 at 9.00am and 2.00pm respectively.

The USIU-Africa rugby men’s team, the Martials, played a friendly game against Impris Rugby Club, the home team at Makerere University in Uganda on Saturday, May 20 at 4.00pm. The game finished with a 17-14 victory for the Martials. This was accomplished with a penalty kick by Faustine Waswa, a try by Fred Okoth that was converted by Faustine Waswa, and another try by Philip Baya that was converted by Ronald Kipchumba.

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