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City Oilers Out To Prove Doubters Wrong In League Opener

there geneva;”>The Oilers will face Africa Zone V semi finalist DMark Power in Friday night’s opener with an all-or-nothing attitude as they try start their topflight in high gear tonight Friday 19th April 2013 at the Lugogo Arena.

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The oilers as a 3 Seasons old institution maybe playing for the very first time in the NBL but clearly not the players within. Arguably all their players carry with them a commendable amount of experience in the NBL or other leagues to give Power a run for their cash in this Opener.

The team bankrolled by Omar Mandela’s City Oil petrol Stations recruited over half the squad including Kyambogo Warriors’ championship winning coach Mandy Juruni, Power’s Jimmy Enabu, Kami Kabenge from Espoir, Rwanda, guard Mohammed Yusuf and forward Andrew Opio both from Miracle Eagles going on to clinch the UCU Open last month

“I’m impressed with the progress, we won a major tournament (UCU Open) and that was after a week of practice. We’ve now had a few weeks of training as a Team going into the new season but the progress is good” an optimistic Juruni told basketball256.


Power though experiencing a number of player exodus that had youngster Colin Mukiza rejoin Knight Riders, Richard Balemwa and Enabu welcome back three-time MVP and club legend Norman Blick who guided Kyambogo Warriors to last season’s championship as they look to claim their sixth league honours.

Before the big game, former winners A1 Challenge will face defending champions KCCA Leopards in the ladies league opener.

Possible Squads:

City Oilers: Mohamed Yusuf, Jukko ‘Najja’ Daniel, Rodney Mukula, Andrew Tendo, Ronnie Kalule, Jimmy Enabu, Opio Andrew, Arou Ramadan, Samuel Kalwanyi, Kami Kabange.

Power: Ben Komakech, Odong Paul, Awel Enabu, Musoke Allan, Norman Blick, Isaac Lugudde, Joseph Ikong, Isaac Afidra, Paul Mwaka, Mbusi Derrick, Kiberu David, Owiti.

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