Blick brothers Norman and Donald will feature for record national basketball league champions Falcons in the upcoming season. The duo signed two-year contracts with Falcons on Tuesday, ending their relationship with Miracle Eagles.
In their one season at Miracle, the brothers led the side to a maiden appearance in the MTN-Fuba League playoffs, losing 3-1 to eventual champions Power in the semifinals.
Before moving to Miracle, they had been with Power for the previous two years, winning the title in the final year. “They have signed,” a delighted Dennis Mbidde, the Falcons chairman, said.
Despite winning four titles over the past decade with Sky Jammers, Nkumba Marines (2) and Power, this could be the biggest challenge for the Blicks. “I have joined a big club in Falcons and know what is expected of me,” Norman said. Falcons, six-time league champions, are coming off their worst season in living memory where they lost founder John Ssimbwa and failed to reach the playoffs for the first time in their history.
“It was a hard year because of the death of Ssimbwa. I had to learn on the job,” Mbidde, more familiar with football giants SC Villa, noted.
Ssimbwa handed club chairmanship to Mbidde a few months before his death in June last year. “The main thing is I still think my team was good enough to get to the playoffs. I plan to sign six players.”
Mbidde reaffirmed club fans that none of Abdullahi Ramadhan, Richard Omondi and Peter Elungat is leaving. “I have heard rumours that some clubs want Richie (Omondi) but he has a four-year contract with us which has two years to run,” Mbidde noted.
He was, however, non-committal on whether Kenyan Philip Ameny will return after missing the latter part of last season and reiterated the need to extend Hamza Nyambogo’s stay as coach. Nyambogo signed a short term deal which has expired. “We will try to keep both of them here,” he said.