28 June 2007

UGANDA : KIU small forward Afidra unhappy with coach Kaboha

By Sande Bashaija KAMPALA

KAMPALA International University (KIU) Basketball Club will lose star player Isaac Afidra at the end of this season, Daily Monitor has learnt.
Afidra, the club's all-time top scorer is unhappy with the team's performance and is reportedly desperate to win a championship.
The Kasanga based side has failed to win a game in its last five outings.

DISPLEASED WITH TEAM TACTICS: Isaac Afidra in action during a Basketball League game against record champions Mogas Falcons. Photo by Eddie Chicco.

Afidra admitted he is not settled due to the team's recent slump in form.
β€œI can't believe we are struggling like this after such a good start. I am going to arrange a meeting with the university administration to discuss the future of our club,” Afidra said on Tuesday evening.

KIU had a perfect start, winning the first four games against record champions Falcons, Power, Knight Riders and Youth Heaters.

They have however fallen to Miracle, Marines and UCU Canons in the last few weeks.
But the turning point was losing to struggling Charging Rhino (50-57) on June 16.

Afidra, who was fouled out of that game with three minutes left, was furious coach Nimrod Kaboha left some senior players on the bench and settled for zone instead of man-to-man defence.

β€œIt's not that there is a rift between me and our coach but I think he has made several mistakes. At times he deploys funny tactics,” Afidra said of coach Kaboha.
Last Sunday Warriors piled more misery on KIU with a 69-60 defeat. Afidra together with what he calls other senior players started on the bench, only to come on towards the end of the second quarter.

Afidra is incensed that senior player Emma Baguma has been denied playing time, exposing the team's backcourt in big games.

"Afidra has always been and will always be a Power player. He has completed his course and I can assure you he is not staying at KIU," a teammate intimated to Daily Monitor on grounds of anonymity.
Afidra has been on a three-year sports scholarship at KIU.

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