Kenya to host regional Roll Ball event

Purity Njeri of Remnants (left) dribbles the ball past Judith Rop of JKUAT during their roll ball match at Two rivers on November 22, 2020.

Photo credit: Sila Kiplagat | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • Jomo Kenyatta University of Agricultural Technology (JKUAT) are the league holders in the men's category, while the self sponsored Archibella are the women's champions.
  • The official lauded the Ministry of Sports for their continued support and remained hopeful that the script will not be different going forward.

Kenya will host the East Africa Roll Ball Championship on May 12 to 20 at the Moi International Sports Centre Indoor Arena, Kasarani.

The men and women's teams are the defending champions after winning the title in 2019 in Kampala.

The annual event will feature hosts Kenya, neighbors Uganda and Tanzania, Zambia, Rwanda, South Sudan and Sudan

Kenya Roll Ball Federation (KRBF) Secretary General, Yusuf Kipkoech, said the teams will be assembled next month to start preparations as they intend to retain the respective titles.

Kipkoech said the earlier they start preparation for events, the better for the teams if they are to guard the good results they have posted previously.

"We have the World Cup in Dubai in December where we have done extremely well and we want to maintain the momentum, but this can only be achieved if we start early preparations," said the official.

In 2019, the women's team won the World Cup that was held in India, while their men counterparts finished second behind the hosts.

Kipkoech said logistics are being put in place for the KRBF National League to kick off.

"We held the teams managers' meeting last weekend and we need some adjustments on some things before we hit the ground running. There have been open tournaments in Nairobi and the talents that have been showcased prove that we cannot run short of players as a nation," said Kipkoech.

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agricultural Technology (JKUAT) are the league holders in the men's category, while the self sponsored Archibella are the women's champions.

The official lauded the Ministry of Sports for their continued support and remained hopeful that the script will not be different going forward.

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