Chief of the Defence Forces’ Basketball championship, dubbed ‘CDF Bora Cup Basketball Tournament’ kicked off on 4th April 2022, at Moi Air Base (MAB) in Eastleigh, Nairobi.
The annual tournament is aimed at scouting for new talents for Ulinzi Warriors, KDF’s basketball team.
Speaking during the official opening of the five-day tournament, the chairperson of the Defence Forces Basketball Association (DFBA) Brigadier Swaleh Saidi noted that Basketball, like any other sports discipline, not only contributes to physical fitness but also enhances esprit de corps in KDF.
“This event brings together teams drawn from various Formations and, Bases and offers a good platform for us to know each other better hence fostering unity and comradeship. It therefore calls for total commitment from all participants for the next five days,” said Brigadier Saidi.
He added that stiff competition was expected amongst the teams but within the strict discipline of the military code of conduct and the International Basketball Federation’s Association laws (FIBA rules).
While congratulating Ulinzi Basketball team for performing well in the ongoing National Premier League, the chairperson expressed confidence in the team’s ability to win the national league this year.
Deputy Base Commander Moi Air Base Colonel Tobias Vigisa urged the players to give their best.
During the matches, Engineers Brigade beat Kenya Navy 55-30, Kahawa Barracks defeated Moi Air Base 43-34, 6th Brigade garnered 34 points against Artillery Brigade’s 30.
Meanwhile, Laikipia Air Base won against 2nd Brigade 41-25, Army Special Operation Brigade (ASOB) gunned 8 Brigade 40-26, 4th Brigade lost 20-73 to the Engineers Brigade while Moi Air Base ended the day with a 57-35 win against 2nd Brigade.
The winner of the championship is set to be announced at the end of the tournament on Friday, 8th April.