Coach Stephen ‘Escodata’ Nyeko says Nam Blazers are not looking too far ahead as they savour their first season in top flight.
The newcomers have lost two and won three from their five opening fixtures. One of the losses actually was a win against City Oilers which was later decided in boardroom – and overturned after the side was found guilty for fielding Geoffrey Soro who had not acquired a Letter of Clearance then.
Up next on their menu are four tougher fixtures against KIU Titans, JKL Dolphins, Betway Power and UPDF Tomahawks, a side that beat them in the 2019 First Division finals.
“We plan to play one game at a time and right now our focus is on KIU Titans,” the gaffer said.
“They have lost only one game and this means they are a very tough team. We are in preparations to give our best this weekend and hopefully it will be enough to win.”
After falling to KCCA Panthers 51-59 two weekends back, Nam Blazers managed to bounce back with two wins over Falcons and Ndejje University last weekend.
Escodata explained: “This weekend we didn’t do anything differently, we just executed our plan better.”
“All these games are different and all of them are tough. We of course got a boost by the return of Soro Geoffrey against Ndejje which gave our team balance of the floor and in the rotation.
“Since its one round, every game is a final. We are glad that we got two wins this weekend from two very good teams.”
The Namuwongo-based money bags were tagged title contenders in the press after marquee signings in the window. Whether they can live as advertised remains to be known.
However, Escodata states that everything is still going as planned.
The former KCCA Panthers point guard revealed: “Our targets are on track and each win we can get is crucial now that teams are settled in better.”
“The league is tough and we can see how tough we have to fight to stay at this level but hopefully we can keep learning and growing and giving our fans exciting displays.”
Nam Blazers (3-1) currently sit third below leaders City Oilers (5-0) and JKL Dolphins (3-1)
Nam Blazers Menu
April 17: City Oilers (L), 20-0
April 24: UCU Canons (W) 66-45
May 5: KCCA Panthers (L), 51-59
May 8: Falcons (W), 65-51
May 9: Ndejje Angels (W), 73-68
Still To Come:
May 15: KIU Titans
May 22: JKL Dolphins
May 23: Betway Power
June 5: UPDF Tomahawks