KAMPALA- Gad Eteu thinks Warriors’ players are “not used to their current standing as these guys are used to competing for things at the top.”
While the coach is right, they have needed something extra that their previous roster didn’t have until Ivan Enabu re-signed after his flirt with Tiger Head Power in the off-season.
After his move fell through and he made a dramatic U-turn, Enabu showed no sign of rust to aid Warriors to a 102-92 victory over Power.
This, the biggest game of the season in the past few years, lived up to its billing especially as Warriors delivered the biggest statement yet.
Enabu scored 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists on his second debut for the two-time champions who have plummeted into mid-table mediocrity.
“Good to be back and win again,” Enabu said.
If Enabu offered the spark, former MVP Ronnie Kasewu lit the fire, playing his best game since Game Six of the 2012 finals against Falcons.
Kasewu was irresistible for 23 points and his side-kick Steven Okias, also re-signed from Ndejje University Angels, scored 21.
Power, sorely missing centre Philip Ameny, suspended for eight games after playing in DR Congo, did everything except stop Kasewu.
He was possessed and treated a sore ankle like a niggle. This was a total team display as Henry Malinga had 14 and Joshua Etalu, also a returnee from KIU Titans, scored 21.
The old Warriors are back and a fourth victory, same tally as newcomers Sharing Youth, epitomises the abyss they have undertaken in recent months.
“With Ivan here, Mark Opio and Diego (Angemi) starting to play soon, we can now rotate and keep it at the same level,” Eteu said. The trio are all guards, of quality.
Power played catch-up entirely and even when Paul Odong’s three tied the game at 74-up, they were never in it.
Odong had 21, Joseph Ikong 20, including 14 of the team’s first 16 and Norman Blick contributed 12.