27 September 2007
UGANDA : Jammers Relegated to 3rd Division
2001 National Basketball League champions Sky Jammers have been demoted to the Third Division.
The Jinja-based side finished last out of 10 Second Division teams after failing to honour a couple of fixtures.
"We are looking at taking down one team and promoting another from Third Division," Federation of Uganda Basketball Associations (Fuba) assistant general secretary Joseph Manano revealed.
Sky Jammers notched four wins, suffered 14 losses and failed to honour an unbelievable nine fixtures.
But Jammers skipper Godwin Khisa has blamed Fuba for his team's demise.
"They (Fuba) told us they would fix some games in Jinja to no avail. Can you imagine we had to travel to Kampala for games every weekend? It became too costly and we couldn't afford at some stage," Khisa noted.
"They asked us to pay registration fees of Shs0.2m but all our savings were being directed towards transport. After failing to beat the registration deadline we were told we couldn't play anymore," the 2001 league top scorer added. He however vowed that the team would bounce back strongly next season.
"A good Samaritan in Eng. Jerome Ssengoba has promised to get us some funds. He has always been there for us but had problems this year."
Two topflight teams will also be dropped to Second Division.
The National Basketball League has reached the play-offs stage with Uganda Christian University (UCU) Canons winning the regular season. The Kyambogo Warriors have also qualified for the play-offs.
Defending champions Nkumba Marines are meanwhile locked in a battle for a play-off slot with record champions Mogas Falcons, Power and KIU.
Kampala City Council (KCC) Leopards, A-1 Challenge and UCU have filled the first three play-offs slots in the women's category.