Fayed Baale Interview: Point Guard Confirms Joining City Oilers

UCU Canons Point Guard Fayed Baale has confirmed joining eight-time NBL Champions City Oilers.

The developments means that Baale will play for the Oilers when the league gets underway on March 10 2023.

This marks an end for his impressive reign at UCU where he completed his studies, graduating with a Bachelors’ degree in Human Rights.

“The deal to join Oilers started the moment after I graduated in Mukono,” Baale told The-SportsNation in an exclusive.

“I feel excited that I will be playing for Oilers next season, they have experienced players and I am looking forward to learning from them.

“I appreciate everything the organisation has taught me, earning a degree and also improving my ball game through an organised structure.

“I commend Coach Nicholas Natuhereza and everyone on the team for giving me an opportunity and teaching me this game of basketball.”

Also Read: Fayed Baale: The Impressive story of a young Canon

Fayed Baale in action for Oilers at BAL Elite 16. (FIBA photo)

Fayed who played for Oilers at the BAL Qualifiers in South Africa last year in November, signed on the dotted lines last week.

He joined the Canons in 2019 after he was named the Most Valuable Player in Lower Division with Rez Life Saints.

In his debut season with the Mukono-based side, he helped the side go all the way to the final before they were edged by Oilers in game seven.

“My fondest memory at UCU is graduating with a Bachelors degree in Human Rights and reaching NBL finals in 2019.”

The Guard, on joining Oilers, added: “I want to improve my game and learn from some of the best to do it and also help the organisation win more (titles).”

If you can’t beat them, join them

Baale is a product of Ihoops, a basketball academy owned by Oilers guards Jimmy Enabu and Ben Komakech.

“Yes, I passed through Ihoops Academy and I learnt a lot from them.

“Playing for Oilers at the BAL Qualifiers last year, that experience attracted me to join them permanently. They treated me well, very hospitable and corrected me to improve on my mistakes.

“I am also looking forward to learning from another good coach (Mande Juruni) who is one of the best in the country.”

Baale has since day one been fronted as the heir to the ageing Enabu, and his move to Oilers is a huge statement of intent for a side that wants to extend their dominance.

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