(Featured Image – Coach Disan Wabwire giving instructions to his player Emmanuel Mwesigwa)
Wednesday, April 17
*KCCA Leopards Vs MUK Sparks, 6:30 PM
*City Oilers Vs Falcons, 8:30 PM
(YMCA Court, Wandegeya)
City Oilers and Falcons are the record league winners of the National Basketball League, and the two sides have six titles apiece.
Oilers success story has been told repeatedly but to cut it short, they have won six titles in a row from as many attempts.
Falcons have gone in a different direction since Oilers joined the table of men in 2013, and their negative spiral has been highlighted by that relegation in 2017.
The side is back in top flight but they remain among the top contenders to go down. Disan Wabwire’s charges had a mixed performance that sits between poor and excellent in their league opener against Sharing Youth.
The side led 21-11 in the first quarter but could later bottle it up to lose eventually 59-63. Douglas Uwizera (11), Francis Karoro (19) and Dickson Asiku (19) had a good game but the same may not be said of the bench that had the likes of Henry Mbaziira and Emma Apual.
Against Oilers, they need to double their efforts if they are to keep the defending champions at bay. It may be too early to judge them but there are higher chances that Oilers will leave YMCA unscathed.
Oilers will continue to miss head coach Mandy Juruni but the quality in depth led by Captain Jimmy Enabu, James Okello, Landry Ndikumana, Stephen Omony, Ben Komakech and the rest, is enough to hurt anyone.
Ivan Muhwezi was the hero against Betway Power and will hope to benefit from the trust of coach Tendo and Justus Mugisha. Nigeria’s Azolibe Chisioke will also want to rectify on recent errors while other players like Daniel Juuko, Tony Drilleba, Josh Johnson will also fancy their chances against a weaker side.