Power's Fahmy Sebatindira locks up City Oilers' Jimmy Enabu during Game 3 of the playoff finals Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
[/media-credit] City Oilers’ Jimmy Enabu takes Power’s Brian Odur (L) and Paul Odong to the rack during the 2016 NBL finals Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

Since winning their first National Basketball League title in 2013, City Oilers have gone on to dominate the sport in the country to date.

In 2014, Oilers made their maiden appearance at the annual Zone V Club Championships in Mombasa, Kenya. They finished third at the tournament after defeating Power in the 3rd place playoff.

Silver Rugambwa, then team manager, told Kawowo Sports it would take the four-time league champions just two more appearances to win the regional title.

In 2015, they were in Kigali, Rwanda to hunt for the regional title. It eluded them by a whisker as they fell short to Egyptian side Gezira 75-73. That was the game that announced Jimmy Enabu to the region. In fact, Rugambwa said it the best he had seen Enabu play.

The two-way guard who has been with Oilers since day one in the top flight league was pleased with the performance but insisted they would not rest until they extended their dominance beyond borders.

With no Egyptian opponents at last year’s zonal championships, City Oilers were overwhelming favourites and they delivered in style – blowing out opponents on their way to the title in Dar es Salaam.

“The scores can be deceptive… We worked for everything. I think we prepared well and there was a great sense of commitment. I was ready to leave everything on the floor,” Enabu who was named the tournament MVP said then.

The victory in Dar es Salaam meant they had play at the continental club championship in Cairo, Egypt and he was pleased with the showing.

“It was great. We managed to compete but we did not win as many games as we would have wanted. It was an eye opener for the level we need to play at.”

On return from Egypt, Oilers took off a festive season break and were back on the floor to claim the 2016 National Basketball League title, their fourth in as many years.

While Enabu believes the side established in 2011 accomplished what they set out to do, the bar has also been risen with such accomplishment.

“I feel we have accomplished what we set out to do. But the bar always feels like it’s risen with such accomplishments”

Enabu is part of the national team preparing for the Afrabasket qualifier slated for March 12-18 in Cairo, Egypt.

Franklin Kaweru is the Editor in Chief of Kawowo Sports. He is an ardent basketball enthusiast.

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