Wednesday, May 25 (Lugogo)
•Nkumba Lady Marines Vs Nabisunsa Girls – 6:30pm
•Our Saviour Vs City Oilers – 8:30pm
City Oilers will miss two strong pillars when they return to action after three weeks for their Tusker-Lite sponsored NBL games.
They meet Our Saviour at Lugogo, a game that was initially scheduled to be played on Saturday, May 14 at KIU Kansanga.
However, it had to be moved after the team unfortunately suffered an accident on (on the eve of the match, May 13) their way back from the burial of James Okello’s Mum.
The Club then communicated that their vehicle overturned and a few minor injuries, though nothing fatal, were registered.
Consequently, after writing to FUBA informing them about the unfortunate news, their remaining three games of the first round had to be postponed because the players were not in the right mental state to play after surviving the accident.
Their two guards – Jimmy Enabu and Ben Komakech – suffered major injuries and have been ruled out of Wednesday’s encounter.
Enabu is sidelined with an arm injury while Koma, as commonly called in the basketball circles, suffered an injury on the head and the two have not been training with the team since.
Information prevy to this website indicates that Koma just got stitches removed from his head recently.
Okello’s mental state has improved and returned to training last week on Saturday.
This will be Oilers 10th game of the first round, they have won 7 and lost two, with two losses coming against Nam Blazers and UCU Canons.
Their last match was a 99-55 win over newcomers Tropical Royals on May 1.
Oilers’ starting five has been Jimmy Enabu, Tonny Drilleba, Ruak Luai, James Okello and Ivan Lumanyika. And with no Jimmy, Ivan Muhwezi is expected to fill the void. But Drilleba is expected to start as point guard while Muhwezi to play as a Two.
Did You Know – Drilleba is leading the league in three pointers made (26) this season despite having played three games less.
Drilleba is averaging 12.7 points per game this season, Lumanyika (10.8 pts, 12.3 rebounds) and Ruak (10.6) are the other two Oilers who are averaging double figures in scoring.
Emmanuel Okumu and Ceaser Kizito are expected to have more playing team given the team being short-handed in the coming three games.
Besides John Dombo, every Oilers player is averaging at least 10 minutes this season!
Against Our Saviour (5-6), they face a side with renewed confidence having beaten Ndejje University Angels in their last game on Sunday and a couple of players like Joseph Wacha, Moses Mugisha, Sam Gombya and Davis Assiimwe will give Oilers a big run for their money.
In the first game, Nabisunsa meet Nkumba Lady Marines who are yet to win a game this season from eight attempts.
This is a rescheduled game after Nabisunsa requested FUBA to have their matches postponed with the team having three of their players unavailable due concluded World ISF School Games in France.
The players are Sarah Namale, Mariam Patience Karungi and Darlene Elsa Murungi Tashobya.
Team Uganda returned on May 23 from France where they won 7 medals all coming from Athletics but the Women’s 3×3 basketball team was stopped at the Quarterfinals.
And Nkumba will fancy their chances this team against Nabisunsa whose three key players are jetlagged. It is strong to note that Nabisunsa have only one win to show, that came against A1 Challenge in their opening game of the season. This, is surely a relegation battle!
Still To Come:
Nabisunsa vs JKL Lady Dolphins
City Oilers Vs KIU Titans
Nabisunsa Vs UCU Lady Canons
City Oilers Vs Ndejje Angels