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Varsity league throws off at Nyayo stadium

By Lynette Matheka
Friday, January 31st, 2020
A past KUSA Games match between Zetech and Kenyatta University. Photo/PD/FILE
In summary

National University Basketball League (NUBL), organised through a partnership between Robert Tumelo Group (RTG) and Kenya University Sports Association (KUSA), jumps off this weekend at Nyayo Indoor Gymnasium where 10 teams will take part in the inaugural tournament.

RTG founder James Mavisi says the league is aimed at giving university students a chance to showcase their talent on a national platform with a long term vision of providing college scholarships through the sport.

The league will also aim at developing infrastructure within universities as well as equipping local coaches with relevant coaching skills that are at par with the changing dynamics of international basketball.

Restricted to college students under the age of 25, the seven-week tournament is as a pilot project with the league set to throw off in September.

The league will be divided into two divisions to accommodate the more than 45 universities across the country.

“The tournament is a transition route for college basketball games as currently run by KUSA.

The next KUSA basketball games could be run exclusively through NUBL depending on the success of the February 1 to March 7 tournament,” said Mavisi.

The University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, Africa Nazarene University, Strathmore and Catholic University of East Africa make the 10-team list for the tournament.

Others include Riara, Multi-Media University, Zetech and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

Technical University of Kenya previously not drafted has replaced United States International University who pulled out of the competition.