Seven months ago, guard Jonah Otim made up his mind that he had had enough time with Ndejje University and crossed to join three time league champions City Oilers.
His former coach, Walker Obedi, tried to restrain him from the idea of ending his marriage with the university side, for which he played until he completed his studies but the pleas fell on deaf ears as Otim looked for a bigger challenge in his young career.
Come January 6th next year, Otim will step onto the floor to play in his maiden league final with the 4-peat chasing Oilers.
“I am very ready for the finals. First home career final and good health is all I pray for,” Otim told Kawowo Sports Tuesday morning.
From his days as a young kid at Lubiri SS, Otim saw his career shaping up this way and is ready to show the world what he is capable of.
The year 2016 has been one to remember for the guard who won the Friday Night Lights title with his team before lifting the Zone V Clubs championship with Oilers in Dar el Salam, Tanzania.
He was also part of the team that featured at the Africa Champions Cup in Cairo, Egypt early this month.
“It’s been a good year for me but there’s a lot more to come in the next year. The first challenge is to fight and try to defend the title.”
Oilers face off with Power in their 4th straight final since joining the league and are favourites against Arnold Lando’s charges.
The finals come just a month before the national team, the Silverbacks compete at the Zone V Nations championship and Otim knows a call up to the team, this time round, would mean a lot having been dropped from the team that played at the Afrobasket in 2015.
Otim’s basketball journey started as early as S.2 when he played for the Lubiri senior team regardless of his size then, he played with the likes of Syrus Kiviri, Ivan Lumanyika and Solomon Ssali among others as the school dominated schools’ basketball.
He secured a full bursary in his S.3 and didn’t spend any more penny on school fees since then. He went on to get a scholarship at Ndejje University from where he completed his degree in Business Administration.