Wednesday, May 4
•Victoria University Vs KIU Titans – 6:30pm
•KCCA Panthers Vs UPDF Tomahawks – 8:30pm
KCCA Panthers coach Brian Wathum says his team will get better ahead of their meeting with UPDF Tomahawks in the Tusker-Lite sponsored NBL at Lugogo.
The former KIU Titans coach has guided KCCA to four wins from nine games, including two back-to-back victories against Tropical Royals and Falcons.
“It’s been a long time coming but I believe we have started to play the game the way it’s supposed to be played,” Wathum commented on the team’s impressive form.
“We know our goal and we keep trying every game to reach it so I believe we have improved vastly every game as a team.”
Besides the one against City Oilers, the other four losses against KCCA have been close – Lost by 7 against Blazers, two against UCU, 4 against Power and 8 against Ndejje.
Against UPDF Tomahawks, they face a side that has collected five wins from nine games.
Wathum adds: “Every practice session is tailored made to make sure we improve ad a team and get better so I believe we will always practice to get better as a squad and ready for the next challenge.
“Hopefully we do everything good enough to cross timeline for every time.”
With the league table taking shape, KCCA are seventh on the log and a place inside the top eight after the regular season will see the side storm the playoffs.
“It’s a long season so we’ll do whatever it ever it takes to get to the next level. I believe with 15 more games to go, we’ll get better as a squad as the season rolls.”
Against Falcons, Wathum was ejected by referee Monica Nassuna for a second technical foul.
The first T was issued to him by Brian Ssebaluma when he expressed his discontent after the ref failed to call for a back court violation. The second, from Monica, came after he refused to release the ball to Falcons player Vinnie Jurua.
Commenting on the ugly incident, Wathum said: “My first ejection as coach is never my proudest moment but I believe refs have the tough job in the league and during the 40mins we spend as a crew to run, it’s constructive for you to do your job so it’s not personal.”
“Every coach wants a free and fair game so it’s important to support their role too despite what I’d on ground in every game. Consistency.”