Tom Wamukota joined Patriots BBC mainly to guide the Rwandese national champions to the inaugural Basketball Africa League title.
Even if the team wait for the competition to start between December 5-20 in Kigali, Rwanda, the player hopes remains bold because they have a strong team that is composed of talents and courage, also the fact that they will be playing home games in front of their fans who always motivate them to play harder.
‘I think that our chances are pretty high of winning it especially being on home ground,” Tom Wamukota said.
“Looking at our team, I am very confident in what we can do and what we can achieve.”
Since the Coronavirus pandemic, many players have not been able to play or meet for practice together for months due to restrictions but however they do train individually under their coach’s guidelines as they wait for green light.
”It’s a tough situation,” Tom Wamukota observes.
“Not really doing much as a team but we will slowly but surely get there for sure once we start preparing as a team.”
Wamukhota said that about seven or eight of his teammates play for the Rwandan national team so they have solid local players to bank on and experience to help them prepare both physically and mentally.
Patriots, he revealed, has an American point guard and there is another forward also coming for the competition that many believe will transform the landscape of basketball on the continent of Africa.
The 2.11m (7 ft) former Wichita State standout who arrived in Kigali earlier this year and had played only one game, said he will be in the “beast mode during the tournament and will give the fans a show as always.”
Wamukota arrived at Patriots from Tunisia where he turned out first for Union Sportive Monastir, who are their BAL rivals before switching clubs to join JSK. He is ready to impress in Africa’s premier men’s basketball league.
”I can’t wait to play again. Every sports person knows how you always miss the game and yarn for the feeling of putting in work and seeing the celebration when you win. Nothing beats that,” he beamed.
The player is the son of supporting parents who used to enjoy watching and supporting the Kenya national volleyball team from back in the days.
”For the time he has been at Patriots he has shown his teammates the importance of being self-motivated. It is never dull in training with him around,” noted Oluoch
Patriots to win the tournament, they will face off some of the continent’s very strong sides like Monastir, FAR, GNBC, Rivers Hoopers, and Zamalek.
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