- Saturday, May 12
- City Oilers vs. Power – 7:30 pm, Lugogo
In 2014, Power Basketball Club was seen as team that would dethrone City Oilers who had won the National Basketball League tile in their debut season in 2013.
Power had done some serious off season business that saw them bring in Abdullah “Dullah” Ramadhan and Philip Ameny from Falcons. With nearly two players good enough to get minutes at each position, it started right there for then coach Bernes Akunda. Who starts, who gets minutes and who sits? Who is suited best for which game?
We could only speculate on everything but what was certain after the first round meet between the two sides was that both would certainly make the finals, and they did.
Fast forward to 2018, Power seem to be a similar position after the off season activity that has seen them ship in shooter Steve Wundi alongside Brian Sivachi, Philip Ameny, Geoffrey Soro, Mike Madol, Amin Mkhosa and David Opolot.
Head Coach Arnold Lando faces a similar problem to that of Akunda four years ago. A sense of entitlement starts right after tonight’s highly anticipated game at Lugogo Indoor Stadium.
For Oilers, not much has changed as only Jonathan Egau and youngster Ivan Muhwezi have come in with last season’s title winning team maintained. They are still the team to beat.
In other opening day games, JKL Dolphins will take on Charging Rhinos, KCCA battle last season’s finalists KIU Titans while Our Savior take on Sharing.
In the women’s division, Javon play Nkumba while JKL take on UMU Ravens.
- Javon vs. Nkumba – 9:30am
- UMU vs. JKL – 3:30pm
- Rhinos vs. JKL – 11:30am
- KCCA vs. KIU – 1:30pm
- Our Savior vs. Sharing – 5:30pm