Wednesday December 27 2017

City Oilers make giant continental leap

Solid defence: Ghezzoul Touhami of Algerian

Solid defence: Ghezzoul Touhami of Algerian side GSP playing defence against Oilers guard Jordan Mayez at the Fiba Africa Champions Cup. On the right pic is Jimmy Enabu scoring. Oilers won 87-81. Courtesy photo 

By Elvis Senono

KAMPALA. After getting promoted to the top tier National Basketball League in 2013, City Oilers set themselves a two year target to reach the top of the domestic game.

But as a result of their meticulous planning, that happened a lot earlier than expected as they clinched their first domestic league title on their maiden appearance in 2013.

They have since gone on to claim four straight championships with a fifth final against KIU Titans just a couple of weeks away.
While there has been no set target because of the opposition at hand, the City Oilers clearly appear on a mission to make another statement this time on the continent.

At their first press conference following their excursions at their second appearance at the FIBA Africa Champions Cup last week, City Oilers gave the impression they are ready to make the next step after identifying key areas where they need to improve. “The two week training camp is no longer enough because put opponents have been playing tournament after tournament before the games,” Santur explained.

This was after his team finished fifth, a remarkable achievement from their second from bottom finish.
They will seek for an even better accomplishment next season when they try to retain their Zone V title that acts as qualification to the continental tournament.