Kenya Morans power forward Tylor Ongwae has officially signed with Ivorian basketball club Abidjan Basket Club (ABC) Fighters for the final round of the 2023 Basketball Africa League Finals that kick off this weekend at the Bank of Kigali Arena in Rwanda.
Ongwae arrived at the team’s base in Abidjan last week and has been training with the team in preparation for the team’s stab at clinching their maiden BAL title at the first time of asking. ABC Fighters (3-2) finished fourth in the BAL Sahara Conference standings last month and will now face Angolan champions Clube Atlético Petroleos de Luanda – who finished top of the Nile Conference standings with a perfect record of 5-0 – in quarter-finals.
This means that the Kenyan will get an opportunity to not only play in African basketball premier competition, but snap up a second chance to work and play under a familiar play caller – Coach Liz Mills.
Ongwae was one of the most pivotal players for Mills when she coached the Kenyan national basketball team and achieved lofty standards together on their way to the 2021 Afrobasket tournament.
Famously remembered for his buzzer-beater three that secured Kenya’s historic passage to the Afrobasket tournament in a 74-73 gutsy win, Ongwae will now become the second Kenyan to play in the BAL after Bush Wamukota, who represented Rwandan club Patriots in the games’ inaugural season.