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Sunday, December 01, 2013 

Can City Oilers make history?

Kampala, Uganda-Best of seven finals fixture
Falcons vs City Oilers
KCCA Leopards vs UCU Lady Canons

They have emerged champions right from third division four years ago through second division to qualifying to play in the national basketball league last season, now City Oilers are eying becoming champions of Uganda’s topflight basketball league on their first attempt.

Should they manage to achieve this feat, they will make history, it will be the first in a long time, only UCU Canons attempted before losing to Falcons in 2007.

The University side bolstering of mainly Kenyan players under Coach Jason Mehl , started out in second division enjoying an unbeaten run which they carried to the national league unbeaten only succumbing to Falcons in the best of three semifinals.

Falcons went on the become champions after defeating Kyambogo Warriors.

At the moment six time champions Falcons stand in their way of City Oilers as they face off in the best of seven series finals.

In an earlier interview with East African Business Week, Silver Rugambwa, team manager City Oiler explained that the team was contented with just making the playoffs.

Now that the playoffs target has been achieved and a chance to win the championship is at their disposal, Rugambwa and the entire team are ecstatic. Both teams have title winning coaches which give them experience to give fans a spectral show on any night of the best of seven series finals.

Oilers Mandy Juruni has won titles with KCC Leopards, MUK Sparks, UCU Lady Canons and won Warriors their second title after Falcons’ Gad Etau won them the first in 2009. Etau prior to winning Warriors first had been champions with Falcons in 2007.

To play in the finals Falcons beat reigning champions Riham Warriors who beat them to clinch the championship last season yet Oilers who went into the playoffs as overweight underdogs defeated D-Mark Powers in the best of five semifinals.

 

By Baz Waiswa, Sunday, December 01st, 2013