24 August 2012

UGANDA : UCU in player saga

UCU registered Adhiambo (9) and left out point guard Mbone (with ball). Photo by Ismaiil Kezaala
UCU registered Adhiambo (9) and left out point guard Mbone (with ball). Photo by Ismaiil Kezaala
By ISMAIL DHAKABA KIGONGO (email the author)

Posted Friday, August 24 2012 at 01:00
In Summary
Basketball. Purity Adiamho has been expelled from the tournament for registering for two teams.
Uganda’s representatives Lady Canons and KCC Leopards are through to the semifinals of the Fiba Africa Zone V Club Championships.
Both won their final pool games yesterday, beating Tanzanian sides Donbosco (83-50) and Jeshi Stars (72-41) respectively at the Lugogo MTN Arena. KCC finished second in pool A behind Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) to book a semifinal date with pool B winners, Eagle Wings. Coach Timothy Odeke’s team fell at the same stage during the 2011 event in Tanzania. Champions and favourites KPA, who finished the group stage with a perfect record, will be UCU’s next hurdle to complete the Uganda-Kenya affair.

However, the build-up to the semifinals has been overshadowed by the eligibility of Kenyan-born Purity Adhiambo.
She was on the team lists of both UCU and APR, the Rwandese team Adhiambo played for in the same event two years ago. “It’s wrong for APR to claim a player who has been here for this long. I spoke to them but they were adamant,” Fuba president Ambrose Tashobya said.
While in Rwanda, the MVP of the 2011 local season here, served a ban for featuring in Kenya at the same time, before moving to UCU last year.
The controversy kept her out of the opener which UCU lost 75-64 to Eagle Wings on Monday. Adhiambo got temporary clearance. She bagged 17 points and 15 rebounds to add to country mate Lorraine Akinyi’s 22 points and 12 boards against Donbosco.
After the game, UCU coach Boniface Okello was informed that Adhiambo cannot play any further part in the regional event. “This is sabotage because the Kenyans fear her,” Okello fumed.
Each team is allowed only two non-nationals so UCU opted for Akinyi and Adhiambo. In case the latter isn’t cleared, Okello is hopeful guard Brenda Mbone, also a Kenyan, is allowed as a replacement.
“Whatever happens, we will go strong. Purity improves us so much. Only problem is that we have nine players so their bench is bigger,” Okello added. Without Adhiambo, the dominant inside player here, Peace Proscovia, will carry a bigger cross.

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