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Falcons will not be derailed by departures

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By Sande Bashaija

Posted  Friday, February 7  2014 at  11:19

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The six-time league champions will start the season with a new coach and minus at least three of the players that stood out for them last year.

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KAMPALA- Falcons will start the Fuba League season as competitive as ever even without star players.

The country’s most successful men’s club have lost Jeff Omondi to reigning champions City Oilers while coach Gad Eteu and his assistant Taylor James, who guided them to the final last season, is returning to Warriors.

Kenyan Phillip Ameny and Rwandan Serge Kabange are likely to cross to Warriors while Tanzanian talisman Abdullahi Ramadhan is likely to switch to Power. “I have not cleared any of the players you are talking about,” Falcons official Henry Ssimbwa said recently. “But we can’t stand in anyone’s way. Don’t expect Falcons to collapse because one or two players have left. We shall remain competitive,” he added.

“This is not the first time we are finding ourselves in such a situation. We shall rebuild and be sure some of you will be surprised by the squad we’ll assemble at the start of the season.”

Falcons came so close to winning their first title since 2007 but folded in Game 7 of the finals 67-74 as newcomers City Oilers clinched the series 4-3.

Tonight at YMCA

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, 7PM
SATURDAY
General assembly at Kati Kati, 8am. Fuba awards at Imperial Royale,6pm.

sbashaija@ug.nationmedia.com