It is a lovely Wednesday morning when we take time to speak to a young lady who has taken the Kenyan basketball courts by storm as a result of excellent form and her role in leading her team of great players to secure a spot in the Kenya women’s Basketball Premier. Lucy Mbithe, a Business Student at Zetech University and the Basketball captain of the Zetech Sparks Basketball Squad, talks to us about her education, hobbies and love for the game:
ZU: What course are you taking?
Lucy: I am doing a Diploma in Business Management and Administration at Zetech University.
ZU: Away from class, what are your favourite things to do?
Lucy: I love being on the basketball court, travelling, reading and socialising.
ZU: When did your love for basketball begin and why do you enjoy playing?
Lucy: It started back in 2010; I love the game because I find it interesting and it also challenges your brain because of the tactical elements of the sport.
ZU: You play for the Zetech Sparks, what position do you hold?
Lucy: I play as a shooting guard; the shooting guard’s main objective is to score points for his team. I am also the proud captain of the team.
ZU: The Sparks have beaten seasoned teams to gain entry into the National basketball league. As captain, how do ensure your team maintains excellent form?
Lucy: We work as family, on and away from the field. This helps us stay united on the court and work hard together to win games. I use this tactic so that each individual will realize their impact on the ground. We also train intensively and each player does their best, always.
ZU: What can you say has basketball taught you?
Lucy: The game has taught me how best to interact with people of different characters and personalities; it has also entrenched in me discipline, team work, professionalism and commitment. I believe these lessons are important for me, in and out of the court.
ZU: Any basketball players you look up to? Who inspires you?
Lucy: Internationally, I admire Maya Moore and Candace Parker. Locally, I look up to Samba Mjomba. Moreover, our current Coach Maurice Obilo inspires us to excel in the game.
ZU: How do you do it? Balance your business studies with training and games almost every week?
Lucy: I’m committed to doing well both in my education and in the field. We train in the evening, so I ensure that during the day, I go to class, study and complete all my assignments.
ZU: How has the university supported your talent?
Lucy; I’m grateful to Zetech for the opportunity to grow my talent and the chance to represent them in the national leagues. I also appreciate the fact that I am on scholarship through which Zetech helps me meet my fee requirements, as a result for playing for the Sparks.
ZU: As we close, what do you hope to do when you are done with your studies?
Lucy: I am passionate about numbers so I would like to be an Accountant. In terms of basketball, I look forward to play with Zetech until Zone 5. I will be in the game for as long as I can.