City Oilers Egypt trip pushes finals to 2017

KAMPALA.

Ugandan basketball will not have a 2016 men’s champion until January, 2017 as Fuba have had to accommodate City Oilers’ Africa Club Champions’ Cup in Egypt next month.

This was confirmed by Fufa vice president Nasser Sserunjongi in the aftermath of the confirmation that City Oilers will depart for North Africa this Saturday.

“The schedule will be out soon. We agreed to start in the second week of January,” Sserunjogi said.

Daily Monitor understands the final decision on the date will be made today with Sserunjogi hinting on “January 6” as the date for Game One of the possible Seven.

Betway Power will clash with Oilers in a repeat of the 2014 final which elevated the latter to their second successive league title.

That seven-game series ended in 4-0 sweep something Power’s Joseph Ikong promised will not happen again this term. “There will be no sweep. We will not be swept,” Ikong said, repeatedly.

“We will take each game as it comes. We have shown a loot character in an adverse situation without money and teams everyone thought were better.”

Power came through an underwhelming season to beat KIU Titans 3-2 in a five-game semifinal series. They now must occupy themselves between now and then as the three-time defending champions Oilers play in the continent’s best in Cairo.

Last month, Daily Monitor envisioned of Fuba’s current predicament after coach Mandy Juruni confirmed that they would travel to Alexandria for a 10-day camp before Champions’ Cup tips off on December 7.

The tournament runs from December 7-16. Last year, women’s side KCCA Leopards paid the ultimate price for playing in Angola at the same tournament.

Upon their return, KCCA were left them gasping for breath upon their return to tip-off their final series against UCU Lady Canons.

Point guard Flavia Oketcho would later cite “too many tired bodies” for their 4-2 demise to UCU in the finals.

Oilers hope to manage the fatigue better.

“In the two months leading up the Zone V, we trained twice a day. Of course we felt fatigued but have since adjusted to manage games better,” Oilers’ captain Jimmy Enabu reasoned.

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