24 October 2008

UGANDA : KCC Leopards face A-1, Power edge Warriors

MTN-Fuba League women champions KCC Leopards face A-1 Challenge at Lugogo Indoor stadium tonight in a game the mayor’s girls will use to gauge their strength ahead of next week’s Africa Zone 5 tournament in Ethiopia.

KCC Leopards edged A-1 Challenge 3-2 to win last season’s championship but the latter look favourites this year. A-1 Challenge have dropped only four points this season courtesy of a boardroom decision after UCU Lady Canons filed a petition contesting the former’s late arrival for the two teams first round fixture.

“UCU were awarded points for that game and the return fixture. It was a loss by forfeiture to A-1 Challenge,” Fuba Assistant General Secretary Joseph Manano said yesterday.
The decision meant A-1 Challenge lost top spot in the table and are now lying third with 28 points from 17 games. Leopards are second with 33 points, one behind UCU Lady Canons. The two teams have played 18 games.
Though the table standings show KCC Leopards above A-1 Challenge, their recent form hasn’t been as convincing. Despite the return of Miriam Hamala and Becky Akullo, the Leopards were last week outplayed and beaten by Canons, a game that exposed some loopholes in their defence and finishing.
But well known for turning on the style in tight situations, KCC Leopards are still capable of lifting themselves up. In the day’s opening game, Lady Canons, already through to the play-offs, face Makerere Sparks, who have been too inconsistent this season.

In the men’s fixture, Nkumba University Marines have a chance of recouping their winning touch against the strong but unimpressive Kampala International University (KIU). Both sides are playing for a better positioning but won’t make the post season.

In the men’s topflight table leaders, Warriors must be celebrating after their game with Falcons was postponed. The postponment gives them a much-needed breather after they suffered their third loss against Power on Wednesday night.
Power moved to second place following the 79-75 victory over the Warriors who are currently struggling to get back to form. Elsewhere, Falcons are holding a fund raising dinner at Arirang Restaurant tonight. They need Shs51m to travel to Ethiopia.

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