03 August 2012

UGANDA : Power, Kyambogo renew title hunt

Power, Kyambogo renew title hunt

Power’s Isaac Lugudde contests a rebound with Cyrus Kiviri of Warriors during the first round
By Charles Mutebi
FORGET the Lugogo indoor stadium, there are games to play. And in the Airtel National Basketball League, they don’t come bigger than D’Mark Power and the Kyambogo Warriors.
The arch-rivals face off today at the YMCA, shifting the focus back on court after a week of bickering between basketball governing body FUBA, the National Council of Sports (NCS) and MTN over the MTN Arena.
The three parties reached some sort of agreement two days ago but FUBA’s wish of having today’s games at Lugogo did not materialise, sending back the show to the home of Ugandan basketball.
FUBA’s main worry is bad weather and the hope is their worst fears will not come true because no one wants to see a Power-Kyambogo collision affected by anything besides player-talent.
That’s the least that the crowd, likely to be at capacity level, will expect.
Kyambogo’s section of the crowd will also expect a victory, having seen their team lose 71-68 to Power in June.
That defeat remains the only spot on Kyambogo’s season and another defeat will be a cause for real concern. With Ivan Enabu back in the ranks, the Warriors chances look good.
Still, they must contain Ben Komakech, who saves his peerless best for Kyambogo.
Meanwhile, A1 Challenge will be favourites to complete the seasonal double over the Makerere Sparks when the two meet in the women’s division earlier.
A1 defeated the Sparks 39- 33 in June.

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