Today at YMCA
Warriors v UCU (7.30pm)
KCC v KIU (5.30pm)
Riders 47-57 UCU
They could be champions but Kyambogo Warriors are yet to thrill in defence of their MTN-Fuba League crown. That doesn’t matter to coach Gad Eteu as he thinks a place in the play-offs is almost guaranteed.
However, a dismal showing at the recently concluded Fiba Africa Zone V Club Championships raised a few alarm bells as the star cast still lumber to gel. Quick reality check on the lessons learned in Burundi arrives this evening against UCU Canons at YMCA court, Wandegeya.
“I am certain that we will get to the play-offs. Playing in the Zone V (event) helped us identify our loopholes,” Eteu told Daily Monitor.
Apart from Markmot Orom, the other season signings have been inconsistent. Michael Kariuki, Henry and Eric Malinga must rise to the occasion to prevent the University side from completing the double over the champs.
If UCU coach Nick Natuhereza needed to spread his options, guard Adams Njoroge offered a timely answer with 21 points in the 57-47 victory over Knight Riders on Wednesday night.
Njoroge has barely played over the past two years following an ankle injury. Just like Warriors, UCU have fatigue worries having featured in the Zone V tournament.
“We were very tired and took time off after (the) Burundi (trip) where we learnt how to handle crunch time better,” Ivan Enabu, the UCU captain, noted.
Warriors-UCU is preceded by a women’s clash between champions KCC Leopards and KIU Rangers.