There was a chance of an all Ugandan final at last year’s Zone V Club Champions in Mombasa, Kenya.
However, it did not happen – in fact no Ugandan side made the final as City Oilers were knocked out by eventual champions Urunani and Power fell to hosts KPA.
The two sides ended up facing off in the third place playoff and City Oilers’ dominance over Power crossed the borders and the debutants then finished third.
This year in Kigali though, there is not just a chance of a Ugandan side playing at the finals, it’s a guarantee as City Oilers and Tiger Head Power will face-off in one of the semifinals at the annual regional championship.
While Oilers kept a clean slate in the groups seeing off Dynamo (66-51), Espoir (93-88, OT), Ulinzi (82-63) and Savio (59-41), Power’s run that saw them blow out NFEL (100-51), beat CSK 70-64 as well as KPA 74-68 was stained by a 104-71 loss to Egyptian side Gezira on Thursday night.
Since last year’s sweep at the playoff finals, Power and Oilers haven’t faced off save for the first round league game that did not end with a few seconds on the clock.
Power’s only win against the Oilers came back in 2013 in game one of the playoffs second round. Despite the good record against Power, Oilers’ guard, Jimmy Enabu says they can’t take anything for granted.
“They (Power) made the semifinals and that automatically makes them a threat. In Zone V every team has earned their spot, so all games game need to be approached with that same intensity”
Meanwhile, KCCA Leopards broke the jinx of finishing third and made the Africa club championships following their 62-59 win defending champions USIU thanks to Peace Proscovia’s 27 points.
The win assured KCCA Leopards of atleast a second place finish. The National Basketball League Champions could emerge zonal champions if they beat Berco Stars in the winner takes it all tomorrow.
Day 4 Results
M: Gezira 104-71 Power
W: KCCA 62-59 USIU
M: City Oilers 59-41 Savio
Semifinals – Men (All Ugandan Time)
City Oilers vs. Power 7:00pm
Gezira vs. Espoir 9:00pm
Classification Games (All Ugandan Time)
M: Savio vs. NFEL 11:00am
M: Dynamo vs. CSK 1:00pm
M: Ulinzi vs. KPA 5:00pm
W: APR vs. Don Bosco 3:00pm
KCCA vs. Berco Stars