KAMPALA. Betway Power have been City Oilers’ closest challengers finishing as losing finalists in three of the six years the latter have stormed to the National Basketball League title.
They are also the day’s opponents as Oilers begin their quest for an unprecedented seventh successive crown this evening at the Logogo MTN Arena.
Both teams have beefed up their rosters with Betway Power officially unveiling their three new recruits yesterday.
Guard Syrus Kiviiri joined from Warriors while forwards Libe Makala was acquired from JKL Dolphins and Samuel Aguttu KIU Titans in transfers that should make their former clubs who reached the playoff finals weaker.
Unlike the previous two seasons, the new recruits were unveiled alongside Boniface Okello who is expected to play a significant coaching role alongside Arnold ‘Muchuda’ Lando.
“We have a good roster so we have to get the rotations right and know how close out games,” Okello also a former Power player and who previously coached at JKL and UCU said of his new Betway Power side that lost last season’s playoff final 4-1.
All said however, City Oilers remain heavy favourites for a seventh crown that would take them above the returning Falcons as the most successful side.
They have gone about their business silently with Nigerian centre Francis Chijoke Azolibe the major addition to their roster.
“We have prepared well and have made a few additions so you could say we start as favourites. We still have the hunger to win,” City Oilers James Okello, last season’s playoff MVP noted. After breaking UCU Lady Canons and KCCA’s duopoly, JKL Lady Dolphins, led by the irrepressible Jamila Nansikombi will start as favourites to retain their title.
Today at mtn arena
JKL Ladies vs KCCA Leopards 6:00pm
City Oilers vs Betway Power 8:30pm