Saturday, May 22 (Mukono)
*Nabisunsa 30-92 UCU Lady Canons
*Magic Stormers 37-66 KCCA Leopards
*JKL Dolphins 49-66 Nam Blazers
*City Oilers 63-60 UCU Canons
Sunday, May 23 (Kansanga)
*Nabisunsa Vs Angels
*Falcons Vs KCCA Panthers
*KIU Titans Vs Ndejje Angels
*Betway Power p-p Nam Blazers
The National Basketball League was forced into its first Covid19 postponement this season.
The Betway Power clash on Sunday against the Namuwongo Blazers has been called off, its official.
This comes after two Power players returned positive coronavirus results.
FUBA has stated in a press release:
“The National Basketball League game scheduled for Sunday, May 23 between Betway Power Basketball club and Nam Blazers Basketball club has been postponed in accordance to the league’s Health and Safety protocols.
“The game will be rescheduled to another date which will be communicated in due course.”
The positive cases come despite recent slump in coronavirus surge in the country which forced the Government to relax on lockdown restrictions.
However, this questions about the NBL’s future plans going forward if more cases continue to be registered.
“We isolated them, the two players are under treatment, at least we got it early,” said Betway Power Manager Philip Kyomuhendo.
“The tests were conducted last week, so we got confirmations about the cases on Saturday from FUBA. The two players were sick and we had called off team practice as we monitored them. We are going to test again as a club this week.”
It is said that FUBA had insisted not to call off the game, claiming that Power could still raise the required number of players to play the Sunday game.
It should be noted that FUBA has put in place the required efforts to observe SOPs after last season was called off before tip off in March.
Games are played at Outdoor courts – Mukono and Kansanga, players are tested regularly while fans are restricted from attendance among other SOPs.
The postponement of Power game comes as a blessing in disguise for the five-time champions who will need more time to gel with their new coach Bernis Ankunda after the sacking of Arnold Lando Mchuda.
Power has had their worst ever start this season having lost all their opening five games – UPDF, City Oilers, JKL Dolphins, Ndejje Angels and KIU Titans.