Whatever the state of the opposition, be it experienced, athletic or youthful, City Oilers have over the last four years managed to end up on the winning side whenever it mattered most in the National Basketball League.
Betway Power along with 10 other teams will starting today seek to change that tide when the 2017 season tips off at the Lugogo MTN Arena this evening.
Beaten 4-1 in last season’s final Power are the first to size themselves up against the Oilers who have since lost the influential centre Kami Kabange, winner of two MVP awards in that four year sequence.
“We have always played as a team and we will continue to do so,” City Oilers coach Mandy Juruni stated yesterday of the Rwandan whose departure triggered the signings of Stephen Omony, Joseph Chuma and James Deng.
Omony arguably Uganda’s greatest player has obviously attracted the most attention having moved from record six-time champions Falcons.
The veteran forward who is expected to slot straight in the team is however no like for like replacement for the departed Kabange.
“Omony is a well round player who understands the game. It’s easy for him to fit in especially with our philosophy of the club. He will be good for us,” stressed City Oilers coach Mandy Juruni.
Power also look more stable than the previous season that was often played with a thin and often under-sized roster.
But with sponsors Betway promising more funding at least for this season, the club yesterday announced six new signings Sunday Okot, Sulaimani Bbale, Francis Kasinde, Diego Angemi, Tyrone Martin and Julius Wapera.
“Our team is not bad offensively so we focused on players who will help defense and improve our size in the paint,” assistant coach Chris Kyebambe who is also a new recruit from KIU Titans stated.