Opel excited with new role as national basketball team assistant coach


Equity Hawks power forward Mercy Wanyama (center) attempts to duck the KPA defense. Mercy was ...
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In Summary

  • KPA men’s basketball team assistant head coach Mike Opel has said he is excited after he was appointed assistant head coach of the women’s national basketball team
  • He joins two other assistants – Eunice Ouma and Tony Ochieng – and will work under the new head coach George Mayienga

KPA men’s basketball team assistant head coach Mike Opel has said he is excited after he was appointed assistant head coach of the women’s national basketball team.

He joins two other assistants – Eunice Ouma and Tony Ochieng – and will work under the new head coach George Mayienga.

“It’s exciting and as a coach that is a very big achievement on my CV,” he said.

The new technical bench will have the task of improving the team ahead of the 2021 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket Zone Five Qualifiers in July with Opel adding he is eager to learn from the experienced Mayienga.

“He has coached for so many years both locally and internationally and he knows the game very well and I will be learning much more from him. Being one of the most experienced coaches in this country I won’t find it hard to work with him,” he added.

The qualifiers are scheduled to take place in Egypt from 5th to the 10th July this year with the team expected to report to camp on May 1st to begin preparations.

The last time Lionesses played in the prestigious continental tournament was in 2019 in Dakar, Senegal where they finished at a dismal 11th place out of the 12 participating teams.

This is how the technical bench looks like;

HEAD COACH

George Mayienga

ASST. COACHES

Mike Opel

Eunice Ouma

Tony Ochieng

TECHNICAL ASSISTANT

Liz Mills

TEAM MANAGER

Sylvia Kamau.

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