Namuwongo Blazers are looking to establish themselves in the National Basketball League and the offseason business affirms it.
On Thursday, the league newcomers announced a partnership with Motorola Solutions, Samanga Solutions, and RadioTrans. The club also presented the new signings to the media during a press briefing in Kisementi.
“We needed a boost because the league requires a strong financial muscle. [The Partnership] is coming at the right time because this is an indifferent season. We are required to test players for Covid-19 and this will strain our budget so much and when you get a partner who can help you here and there, it’s a big boost,” Farouk Zzinda, the Head of Operations at the club said.
Established in 2015, Nam Blazers have come through the basketball divisions in the country and gained promotion to the topflight division in 2019 when they edged Old Tymers to the playoff finals of Division II. It’s that journey that attracted the attention of Motorola Solutions, Samanga Solutions, and RadioTrans according to George Nkya, the Managing Director of Samanga Solutions whose ultimate goal is to see Nam Blazers competing in the Basketball Africa League.
“We are excited to be part of the Blazers Family. We have closely followed and witnessed this team’s growth for more than two years and we can all agree that what they have achieved in such a short span is breathtaking.
“We have bigger ambitions in our journey. We want to see Nam Blazers represent us on the continent (Basketball Africa League) and do justice to our brand,” said Nkya.
With the season set to tentatively tipoff on April 2, Nam Blazers unveilled the new players all of whom have played in the National Basketball League for atleast two seasons.
We are excited about the season and we want our fans to be excited. It’s been a long time without Sports.Farouk Zinda
Point guard Chris Omanye who has been turning out for Warriors, David Deng a 2019 finalist with UCU Canons, seven-time champion Daniel Jjuko, former league MVP Geoffrey Soro and Francis Azolibe join last year’s top-shelf acquisitions Syrus Kiviiri and Paul Odong.
“It’s a new experience for me,” Deng said. “The team is new in the league but players have been around for a while. We are going to work hard to see that we win,” he added.
Nam Blazers core 10
Chris Omanye, Daniel Jjuko, Syrus Kiviiri, Paul Odong (Captain), David Deng, Emmanuel Okumu, Daniel Monoja, Bernard Okumu, Geoffrey Soro, and Francis Azolibe.