17 May 2013

UGANDA : Juruni eyes 2013 Basketball crown

Juruni eyes 2013 Basketball crown
Juruni guided Kyambogo Warriors to the title last year. Photo by Michael Nsubuga
By Charles Mutebi
Today: National Basketball League
MTN Arena
Women: 6.30pm
KIU v A1
Men: 8.30pm
City Oil v Falcons
MANDY Juruni’s last encounter with the Falcons ended with the humble coach exalted in championship glory.
His first this season finds Mandy on a new team but with the same old assignment –– winning the title. Safe to say, he might have to do it at the expense of the Falcons again.
Juruni’s City Oil battle the Falcons today at the MTN Arena in a showdown of two frontrunners for the 2013 National Basketball League.
For the man who masterminded Kyambogo Warriors’ 4-2 defeat of the Falcons in last year’s FUBA men’s top-division Finals, today’s game is an opportunity to judge the progress of his newly-assembled side, promoted from the second tier last year.
“It is always good to play against good teams,” said Mandy. “I can’t say I am happy to face the team I beat for the title because I am on a new team now while the Falcons still have the same team.
Rwanda centre Kami Kabenge is set to make his debut for City Oil, who have a new albeit very strong side but Mandy doesn’t see the lack of chemistry as a threat anymore.
“We are ready,” said the coach. “We have worked so hard since the start of the year so chemistry is not a problem.”
Falcons star Steven Omony expects a tough match from City Oil, whom he considers “a good team”.
He said: “I believe they have a plan and there is nothing to underrate about them. We will approach them with respect.”
The Falcons have won all two of their games while City Oil have split theirs.

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