As the 2015 Airtel National Basketball League comes to an end, the basketball fraternity awaits the game between KIU Titans and back-to-back champions City Oilers today at the YMCA court at 8:30pm.
The much-anticipated game between the two best teams is one of basketball and supremacy, with the Kansanga-based side proving it can compete for this season’s trophy against other strong sides like Falcons, Tiger Head Power, Stanbic Warriors and champions City Oilers, commonly known as ‘Mafuta’.
The Oilers (14-2) come to this game with five straight wins against a KIU (14-3) which has only two back-to-back wins against relegated sides Bush Courts and Diamonds.
The rivalry between KIU Titans and Oilers dates back to last season, where both sides won against other in the league. It was renewed again when KIU walloped Oilers in the finals of the KIU Invitational early this year.
KIU, City Oilers and UCU Canons have already qualified for the play offs but today’s game will renew the rivalry of the two teams with bragging rights.
And, contacted for comment KIU Titans captain Chris Omanye said: “Its a game and a challenge between men and clubs, our mission is to win and go forward. We shall do our best as usual and make them fight for their money.”
But Oilers captain Jimmy Enabu was also confident of his team’s performance.
“KIU is big team with experienced players, its good challenge for us as we prepare for Zone V championships. We look forward to a strong challenge tonight,” Enabu said.
The battle for the title has intensified after the Titans acquired respected players like Henry Malinga, Geoffrey Solo, the Blick brothers together with old home boys in Captain Chris Omanye, and Francis Kasekende among others.
The champions also boast of Kami Kabange, Samuel Kalwanyi, Jimmy Enabu, Burundian Landry Ndikumana and James Okello, who was man of the match in the tie in the first round.
KIU lost to Oilers in the first round by a margin of two points and today’s game gives the Kansanga-based a chance to avenge the loss.
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