NAIROBI, Kenya- The Kenyan capital Nairobi will be the host of the Africa City Challenge Basketball tournament where teams from six cities will take on each other in the from Sunday to June 16 at the Nyayo Stadium Indoor Arena.
The selected teams drawn from Nairobi, Mogadishu (Somalia), Juba (South Sudan), Kampala (Uganda), Mombasa (Kenya) and Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania) comprise the top male AllStar players from each city- competing for cash prizes totalling USD15000.
The tournament’s Director Michael Finley called on fans to turn out in large numbers to ‘enjoy a classic action’.
Finley confirmed that the participating teams will start jetting in on Friday.
“This will be the best sporting weekend in the history of East African basketball and the players are all psyched and ready to impress.
“We support the cultural diplomacy between all countries, in this case East Africa. It will be a monumental feat in the region’s basketball history,” Finley added.
The winners from the Africa City Challenge and selected city teams from West and Southern Africa will later be invited to compete in the inaugural ACC-AFRICA tournament.
The event will take place annually and is positioned to take advantage of the growing basketball interest amongst African youth.
According to the organizers, the tournament focuses on younger players (from 18 to 30 years) as opposed to the national teams.