Airtel National Basketball League
Tonight at Lugogo
MEN: Falcons vs. Warriors (8.30pm)
WOMEN: Gladiators vs. UCU (6.30pm)
MEN: Miracle 51-63 Nkumba
WOMEN: Mak Sparks 23-77 KCCA Leopards
The two being indisputably the biggest clubs in the country, stakes are high for first meeting of the season at the MTN Arena in the Airtel National Basketball League Friday.
Warriors the champions from last year when a 4-2 series win over Falcons in the FUBA Finals are yet to show the same brilliance and grit that won them their second national League championship in December losing two games so far.
New Warriors coach Sammy Samanya is trending on optimistic waters: “We have been struggling financially but now atleast I have been reinforced with replacements for Cyrus (Kiviri who closed to UCU) and Norman Blick (back to DMark). We are bonding as a team.” He concluded.
A beamy FUBA President Ambrose Tashobya with CEO Ivan Ntabazi on Thursday announced Kyambogo had sealed a big sponsorship deal with Riham beverages whose size and length but atleast Tashobya could confirm he had gotten enough funds to guarantee Warriors participation in the upcoming Zone Five Club Championships in Burundi and sign Tanzanian forward Sylvian Yunzu Maige (Savio), former Charging Rhino guard Mark Opio (back from studies in India) and Rwandese point guard Aristide Mugabe (Espoir) while Kenyan big man Michael Kariuki also returned.
“We can now ably replace Cyrus and Norman,” Samanya proudly told chimpsport.
Oooh and back to Falcons, romour has it a rift has seen coach Gad Eteu and some club officials quit and fear is Riham Warriors might hand them their fourth loss of the first round.