15 May 2014
UGANDA : We are working for the championship game – Eteu
Courtesy photo Gad Eteu talking to his players during a timeout of the Warriors - Nkumba game Photo Credits: Basketball 256After learning of how the basketball clubs’ off season business was done, it comes to you naturally that it will either be Tiger Head Power or City Oilers who will be crowned champions come December when the 2014 National Basketball League season hits the peak. Their first leg match-up last Friday cements that feeling.
City Oilers added experience in Jeff Omondi and Ben Komakech on last season’s championship winning team. Power has the biggest bench in league with half of it good enough to start. Basically the two teams are stars stuffed.
However, Riham Warriors’ coach, Gad Eteu argues that having stars on your team does not necessarily make you win the championship. “It is something else having stars and winning the championship. You have got to be a team and that is what we want to establish.” he said.
Warriors brought in Javan Odhiambo, Sedar Sagamba and Michael Mukula during the off season to replace mostly bench players in Yunzu Maige, Jacob Tokmac and Noel Hesbon (with the exception of Sam Gombya) who left the club. Eteu believes that the trio along with the old players can push the club forward.
“The players we have are ok – for now” he said. “Mark (Opio) will be back by the end of the month, Eric (Malinga) is in the gym, he will be ok to play some part this season. The rest of the guys are fine”
Ivan Enabu who made a u-turn after being unveiled by Tiger Head Power is yet to be cleared to play for Warriors. “He (Enabu) is awaiting FUBA’s clearance and he will play”
Having missed to play at the finals last year (after back-to-back appearances), Warriors’ aspirations for the season are bare. “We are working for the championship game” Eteu told Kawowo Sports.