The National Basketball League will finally start this weekend
April 17th after a year without action. Ten teams have registered to participate in the League.
year’s edition of National Basketball League will be played using a
different format. Hudson Segamwenge, the Vice President of the
Federation of Uganda Basketball Associations (FUBA) said only one round
of the League will be played during regular season with no double
Several teams are confident and anticipate good performances after several months of preparation.
Brian Wathum, head coach of KIU Titans says his team has been
working hard after signing new players. He says having new players will help them to compete
for the championship this season.
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coach says the many friendly games they have played have helped his KIU
Titans team gain lots of fitness ahead of the start of the League.
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Farouk Zinda, head of Operation at the Namuwongo Blazers says that
the team is preparing for their first game that will be against defending champions City Oilers. The
Namuwongo Blazers will be making their debut in the
top tie League after earning promotion in 2019. The club has since signed
several players including Chris Omanye, Francis Azolibe, Daniel Juuko and David
Deng among others.
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Zinda added that his club has played one friendly
game that they lost to KIU Titans. He however says the game was a good eye opener
as it showed them the the areas where they must improve.
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FUBA had decided that the games will be played behind closed doors,
Segamwenge says the decision was revisited and a maximum of 200 fans
will be allowed during every game.
“We agreed that whenever the game is played we are going
to allow 200 people including the players and it will be on first come basis,” says Segamwenge.
the opening fixture on Saturday KIU Titans
battle Betway Power, while City
Oilers take on Namuwongo Blazers in the second game. All the games will
be played at the Kampala International University (Kansanga).