Friday June 27 2014

Oilers to test new wave of warriors optimism

City Oiler’s Andrew Opio aims for the basket

City Oiler’s Andrew Opio aims for the basket during a recent Fuba league game. City Oilers take on a rejuvenated Riham Warriors today. PHOTO BY ISMAIL KEZAALA 

By Elvis Senono


While the champions City Oilers were away, Riham Warriors won back to back games for the first time this season, defeating Charging Rhinos and most recently Vegetarian.
Their hitherto thin roster has also been beefed up after the return of Stephen Okias and Eric Malinga in which the latter scored a game high 16 points in the Sunday win over Vegetarian.
The wins which improved Warriors’ record to 3-3, have given coach Gad Eteu reason for optimism ahead of this evening’s highly anticipated game against the Oilers at YMCA.
“The pieces are coming together and we are going to be a lot more competitive from now on,” Eteu told Daily Monitor yesterday.
The coach also revealed that an agreement had finally been reached for Ivan Enabu to make his return to the club after his botched move to Tiger Head Power.
“We are almost done but it won’t be in time to feature tomorrow,” confirmed Warriors CEO Ivan Ntabazi with the club also expected to finalise the acquisitions of Diego Angemi and Mark Opio next month.
Oilers will, meanwhile, be returning to action for the first time since losing to Burundi’s Berco Stars 67-55 in the semi-finals of the Gisembe Memorial tournament in Rwanda a fortnight ago.
Before traveling to Rwanda, Mandy Juruni’s side had started showing signs of the kind of performances expected of their high standards, improving to 5-1 this season after thumping Diamonds in The Sun 76-18.
On Wednesday, Syrus Kiviiri scored a game high 18 points, as six time champions Krishna Falcons continued their flying start to the season by ruthlessly dispatching Diamonds In The Sun 81-45.

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