W: KCCA Leopards vs. Nkumba – 6:00pm
M: City Oilers vs. Warriors – 8:00pm
For a team that has lost two games in the second round, the last thing its coach would want to hear about is an injury to the best player on his team heading into the final bend of the season.
Mandy Juruni, City Oilers’ coach may have to face two time champions Warriors without reigning MVP Kami Kabange with the Rwandan international nursing a back injury.
“He can’t play,” Juruni told Kawowo Sports before the team’s last training session on Thursday.
The tactician then, after the session, told this website that the center would love to play but is far from his best shape.
“He loves playing, he trained with his back strapped and was ok but not jumping as high,” Juruni revealed.
Kabange is not the only injured player in the defending champions’ camp. Landry Ndikumana will have to play with a thigh injury sustained against Power while Andrew Opio and Tonny Drileba are nursing knee injuries despite being in Juruni’s game day squad.
For Warriors, no injury would affect their focus heading into the fixture and head coach Sam Obol is confident the side has all it takes to battle it out with the three time league winners.
“We are set for the game. We have been pushing hard not just for this game but close of the season,” the former Falcons player and coach told this website.
Obol and his side will be aware of Oilers’ last two games in which the defending champions fell to KIU Titans and Power.
“I know they will come out even stronger. We just need to have that mindset of a very solid game,” he said ahead of the gigantic clash.
Oilers top the 12-team National Basketball League log with a 16-2 record while Warriors, with their 12-6 record, are third.
Oilers defeated Warriors 78-73 in the first round fixture that was decided in Overtime.