Information, Communication, and Digital Economy Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo, an alumnus of Kenyatta University, generously donated sports kits to the university’s basketball teams—Pirates (men) and Oryx (women). Owalo, who previously played for the Pirates and served as the chairman of the Kenyatta University basketball clubs, also awarded the teams Sh100,000.

In addition to the donation, CS Owalo participated in an exhibition match featuring Pirates and Oryx. He was accompanied by Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) Chairman Paul Otula and former national team players, including Ronny Owino, Maurice Aluanga, Angela Luchivyia, Sylvia Kamau, and Abraham Muthogo.

Owalo expressed his motivation for the donation, stating, “Being an alumnus of Kenyatta University, I wanted to give back to the game because sports played a fundamental role in nurturing me to the position I hold today.”

Despite facing financial constraints, both the men’s and women’s teams from Kenyatta University have been performing admirably in the national basketball league. Owalo acknowledged the teams’ dedication, emphasizing, “Universities don’t have enough resources to operate yet they are competing effectively in the national basketball league.”

The Pirates earned a silver medal in the 2022 East African University Games and the All-African Games in 2016, both times losing to the hosts. Presently, both Pirates and Oryx find themselves at the bottom of their respective national league standings, with Pirates accumulating 10 points from nine games and Oryx having eight points from eight matches, both experiencing challenges.

CS Owalo, recognizing his role as an alumnus and former player, expressed his commitment to supporting the teams through their difficulties. The head coach of the Pirates, Caleb Wesewe, welcomed the donation as a much-needed boost, anticipating that it would enhance players’ morale and help them stay focused on upcoming games.

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