Zitina Aokuso to Depart Townsville Fire for New Opportunities in Europe

May 11, 2024 | Townsville Fire news

The Townsville Fire is announcing today the departure of standout and long-term Fire player, Zitina Aokuso, who has agreed to an offer to continue her basketball career in Europe. Aokuso, an integral part of the Fire’s recent successes, will be taking her talents to the European leagues, marking the end of a significant chapter with the Fire and setting the stage for the next phase of her burgeoning career.

Since joining the Townsville Fire at just 18 years of age, Zitina played her 150th game for the club last season, a fan favourite, Zitina has been an important part of the clubs success both on and off the court, winning 2 championships in her time with the club.. From her presence on the court, to her dancing on the sideline Zitina will always be a Townsville Fire player

“Zitina has played every game of her career so far at the Fire so she will be missed next season here in Townsville. She has won two championships during her time here and improved her game each and every season. We’re proud of her and wish her well in her move to Turkey for next season,” said Shannon Seebohm.

“We are incredibly grateful for Zitina’s dedication, and passion during her time with the Fire,” said General Manager Sam Pascoe “She has been a key player in our team’s successes and has left an indelible mark on our club. While we are sad to see her go, we are excited for her as she embarks on this fantastic opportunity to further her career in Europe.”

Zitina’s move to Europe is a testament to her exceptional skills and the global reach of her talent. The Townsville Fire fully supports her decision and looks forward to seeing her excel on the international stage.

“We will miss Zitina greatly, but this is a wonderful opportunity for her to grow and challenge herself against some of the best players in the world,” Sam Pascoe commented. “We have no doubt that she will continue to achieve great things, and she will always be a part of the Fire family,” said Pascoe.

“It was a hard decision to make as Townsville has always been a home away from home, I’m forever grateful to the club for their support over the years and in my decision to part ways. Thank you to the fire fans for all the love you’ve given me, no better feeling than playing for you guys in the fire pit”,  said Aokuso.

The club invites fans to join in expressing gratitude and best wishes to Zitina Aokuso as she embarks on this exciting new chapter of her career. We thank Zitina for everything she has brought to the Fire and look forward to celebrating her future successes.