Namuwongo Blazers and UCU Canons are seen as the two sides that can challenge City Oilers for the throne they have held for nearly eight years.

The two sides face off in the second round meeting of the Tusker Lite National Basketball League on Friday night at Lugogo Indoor Stadium.

The Canons (14-4) will be welcoming back Fayed Bbaale who had been out with injury until the recentluy concluded 3×3 tournament in Nairobi. The flashy guard will definetly improve Canons offense and will give Nam Blazers backcourt a lot to ponder.

However, Jerry Kayanga needs to find a shooting rythym and Suudi Ulanga has to make his experience count for something if Canons are to down the inform Blazers who beat City Oilers last weekend.

Fadhil Chuma and Peter Sifuma who’s Canons most productive front court player on the offensive end and top rebounder Titus Lual will have some work on the defensive end of the floor to slow down Amisi Saidi who usually delivers the good for Nam Blazers.

Stephen Nyeko will again have another tough decision to make on what foreign players get the nod and the decision could still be on guards.

Kenneth Wachira struggled against Oilers while Chris Omanye knows the league inside out and could be valuable to supplement Daniel Jjuuko in controlling the game. Former Canon David Deng, and Ariel Okall look obvious inclusions to join Saidi.

Joseph Ikong and Paul Odong made significant contribution and their experience needs to count against the youthful Canons.

Blazers lost the first meeting 66-62 but with a seven-game winning streak, they fancy making it eight in a row.

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

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