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Kenyan Power forward crosses the border to join ugandan ‘Power’ house

Kenyan Power forward Tony Situma has joined Betway Power in the Ugandan National Basketball league from Kenyan side Kisumu Lakeside.

Situma signed a 1 year deal with the money bags after spending two seasons with the Kisumu-based basketball club. He joined the club during pre-season and he has already played a game for the Kampala-based side during the opener of the 2021 season.

Speaking to African Sports today, Situma said he was happy with the steps his basketball career was taking, and going professional again after a dip in his career is something he does not take for granted.

” I want to thank my previous team, Kisumu lakeside for believing in me when many did not. They scouted me as I played for Kimilili Sevens in the Kisumu classic basketball amateur league and signed me up during the 2019 season. This marked my resurgence back into the game. The management ensured that I got accommodation and was comfortable all the time I played for them despite the team’s financial constraints. My Captain, Basil Ogembo, also believed in me and pushed me beyond my limits and this helped me grow.”

“Uganda is like My second home and I don’t feel any pressure coming back. I have played here before and I am glad to be joining Betway power. Our target this season is to win the league. We are up to the task and we have prepared adequately for it.” He added.”

Born and bred in Kitale, Tony Situma started his basketball career in Chesamisi high school under the tutelage of his coach and teacher, Mr. Masafu. His best friend Collins Wakesa introduced him to the game while in high school and helped him grow into a formidable power forward while in school and after. Upon finishing high school he played for Kitale Raputers and Later Kimilili Sevens before he went to Uganda for his University studies. Situma Joined Ndejje University and Later moved to Kampala University where he finished his studies and moved back to Kenya.

Situma Joined league Champions Kenya Ports Authority after moving back to Kenya. It was a comfortable move to the coastal town of Mombasa as he had his childhood friend and team Mate Martin Kitongo who helped him gel into the team, premier league, and of course the coastal lifestyle of Mombasa. He later took a hiatus from the game professionally. In 2019 redemption came in the form of Kisumu lakeside and his star has been shining since.

“Growing up in Kitale, my role model was Kenyan Legend, Ancient Wafula. He has represented our region and the Country so well in all the levels of the the game including in the National team. He showed us that you can make it no matter where you come from and we all wanted to be like him. Internationally I looked up to Michael Jordan.”

Basil Ogembo

Am a journalist and a sports writer.

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