05 December 2008
UGANDA : Champions in waiting
by Sande Bashaija
Today at Lugogo
Riders v Ndejje 5pm
KCC v Rangers6:30pm
Lady Canons v A-1 8pm
A-1 Challenge and Uganda Christian University (UCU) Lady Canons have just one chance to finish the season with a trophy. The two teams square-off in game five of the best of five MTN-Fuba League final series at Lugogo Indoor stadium tonight.
With the series tied at 2-all both teams reckon there is no room for error. “We are just going to win and nothing else,” Lady Canons’ play maker Flavia Oketcho, said yesterday.
The university team had a chance to seal the championship in game four on Tuesday but simply couldn’t match A-1 Challenge’s tight defence, losing 45-52. “I think we were a bit overconfident in that game. We played like it was a done deal and paid the price in the end. But we have the heart and will take this championship,” Oketcho, the 2005 women’s most valuable player, added.
After losing game one 24-50, A-1 Challenge seemed like they were losing the series 3-0 but called to their experience to keep in the hunt. “Every time we played good defence, we went on to win. It’s the only strategy that will get us the trophy. And I am very confident we are winning come game five,” A-1 Challenge’s utility player Ali Mavita said on Tuesday.
Though A-1 Challenge, champions in 2005, still have a chance, coach Hamza Nyambongo has a difficult task of containing Lady Canons’ fast-paced game.
In game four, A-1 Challenge managed to stop Okecho, limiting her to just seven points. But the former Lady Bucks player has vowed to return and destroy A-1 Challenge’s defence. “It was just a bad day. It will be a different story on Friday (today).”
Knight Riders will meanwhile look to their experience as they try to wrestle the men’s Second Division trophy from Ndejje University’s hands. The series are also levelled 2-all but Riders go into the decisive game as hot favourites.