13 August 2011
UGANDA : Falcons aim to revive old rivalry
Today at YMCA
M: Falcons v Power (7.30pm)
W: KCC v UCU (5.30pm)
Amazon v Nabisunsa (1.30pm)
Stormers v MBC (3.30pm)
City Oil v Ssaku (11.30am)
Emperors v Planets (9.30am)
In any other MTN-Fuba League season preceding the rise of Kyambogo Warriors, there wouldn’t have a better way to wrap up the first round than a clash between Falcons and Power. A contrasting season for the two giants who share 10 titles and had traditionally been the biggest rivals makes their clash at YMCA court today even more important especially for Falcons.
Fighting relegation is a reality following the deduction of points for using forward Philip Alweny in two games as they have slid to a record of 3-5. And they looked out of depth in the 80-69 loss to UCU Canons without him whereas Power hasn’t been impressive on the floor but at 7-1, they don’t have too many complaints.
Falcons coach Sam Obol is livid about the influence Alweny brings if easily found by Abdullahi Ramadhan and Richard Osano Omondi.
“Power is a tough team but we still have to play with or without Alweny. Though he is a good player but we will miss him until he is cleared,” said Obol. After tossing UCU 90-78, Isaac Afidra is hopeful they can do even more principally with the return to form of Joseph Ikong and resurrection of the quick transition.
“We are ready to flirt with Falcons,” said Afidra. Perhaps there is even an even bigger game in the women’s league when KCC Leopards and UCU Lady Canons face-off earlier.
Both, outright front runners for the title currently held by the latter, are unbeaten. It’s the return of Flavia Oketcho from maternity that enhanced the belief of KCC.