Friday May 30 2014

Uganda Silverbacks deal with bloated schedule


It’s probably the busiest period for all national basketball team players as the Silverbacks and Gazelles prepare for the Fiba Africa Zone V Championships.

They swing from practice sessions with their club and with the national team. That implies that players are occupied. Normally, clubs only train only twice a week. For City Oilers, that’s Wednesdays and Fridays. Ben Komakech can easily deal with that. Now his schedule, like all his national mates, has been occupied.

The national team trains on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. In there, players have to squeeze in games for their respective clubs, never mind the drain or strain.

“We are fixed but coping,” Komakech, who should make the final 12-man Silverbacks’ team next month, noted. The expectations never ease for players like him. His case isn’t unique at all.

An A-performance is expected from the two-time MVP when City Oilers meet KIU Titans at YMCA court today. It’s a fixture KIU won on both occasions last year during the regular season. Oilers earned their revenge by sweeping KIU 2-0 in the play-offs. Until Sunday’s 73-71 overtime loss to UCU Canons, KIU were the most impressive side thus far.

Though it’s still early days in the season, both would want to step on the gas. Oilers’ coach Mandy Juruni, also serving in the same role for Uganda, is yet to see his side click even if matters little until the playoffs.