Last year, Jamila ‘Zama’ Nansikombi made her national team debut during the qualifying round of the 2017 FIBA Women’s Afrobasket.
She played all the four games but did not log more than 8 minutes save for the last game against Egypt in which she was on the floor for nearly 21 minutes.
In first three games, Nansikombi was suffocated to the bench by four already established players; Maureen Amoding, Judith Nansobya, Ritah Imanishimwe and Zaina Lwokwameri.
Zama, as she’s popular known in the basketball circles, had all to prove when she was given a chance during Gazelles’ second meeting with Egypt and the JKL Lady Dolphins shooting guard made it clear that she is a natural scorer.
Nansikombi has since been on the rise in the sport, and attracted the attention of Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) when going to compete in the FIBA Africa Basketball Women Championship in Mozambique, Maputo.
The Ugandan who is strong on the drive and can finish at the basket was KPA’s star player as the Kenyan side managed to finish seventh at the annual club event.
Zama was impressive at the tournament and emerged the top scorer averaging 17.1 points in just under 30 minutes a game.
Zama scored game highs in all the four group stage games as KPA came third in Pool B to storm the quarter finals.
The 21-year-old netted 26 points in KPA’s 80-58 win against Lakers, 27 points in the 98-71 defeat to First Bank, 25 points in the 71-61 loss to and managed 18 points in the 73-65 win over MB2ALL during the group stage.
She was limited 8 points by eventual champions Ferroviario Maputo but handed out 4 assists and pulled down 7 rebounds in the 73-40 quarterfinal defeat.
In the placement games, Zama scored 13 and 3 points against FAP and M2BAL respectively.
The imposing debut at the continental club championship earned her a place on the tournament All-star team alongside MVP Lucas Italee (Inter Clube), Anabela Cossa (Ferroviario) and First Bank duo of Aisha Mohamed and Ginette Makiese.