29 November 2012

UGANDA : Falcons honour Ssimbwa ahead of Warriors clash

Falcons are desperate to win this year’s championship in memory
Phillip Amany of Falcons (in red) beats KIU Titans’ Michael Makiadi to possession in the semi finals. Falcons are desperate to win this year’s championship in memory of their fallen hero John Ssimbwa.
By Ismail Dahakaba Kigongo
John Ssimbwa remains very much part of Falcons – the team he gave his all until passing on in June, 2011.
Falcons’ preparation for the Fuba League best-of-seven final series against Warriors included a trip to Ssimbwa’s burial site in Masaka on Monday. “Actually, this was always on the calendar just that the schedule had not allowed until now,” club chairman Denis Mbidde said as his team braces for game one of the series due Sunday at YMCA.
“It was good for team bonding. There were options like a party but honouring him was the best thing we could think of.” In beating KIU Titans 72-57 last Sunday to clinch the best-of-five semi-final series 3-2, Falcons are back to the exact place where Ssimbwa put them. It will be the six-time champions’ first appearance in the final since 2008. Their last title came in 2007 when they beat Warriors 3-2 coming from 2-0 down.
Playing for Ssimbwa has been an open secret to Falcons’ drive this season. “He is always with us in spirit,” his brother Henry Ssemanda said LAST Sunday. They even had a portrait of the former club founder and patron in the dugout against KIU.

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