UPDF Tomahawks’ star player and forward Henry Okoth has said that it’s the team’s lack of a ‘natural Point guard’ that has led to their current league struggles.
The club’s only win in nine league games was on May 20th, when they beat up on Ndejje University Angels, 70-76 at Lugogo.
UPDF has dropped down to 1-8 following Sunday’s defeat to Betway Power at MTN Indoor Arena in Lugogo.
Okoth believes that his side should have been able to win some of their recent games, including the recent loss to Betway Power.
In a chat with the Kibuli student, he opened up to this Website:
If you look at our previous losses, you can agree with me that we could have won some of them but we are still lacking a natural (point) guard.”
True, the Tomahawks have lost some of their games by a narrow margin: They lost to Our Saviour in Over time, lost to Pemba Warriors by only four points before falling to Charging Rhino in a six point game.
Since the season started, team coach Baker Kyambadde has on different occasions deployed Daniel Ogwang, Raymond ‘Burks’ Bukenya, Daniel Emong and Christopher Kyebambe in the point guard position.
Dultan Mutawe, Emmanuel Okello and Stephen Owokorach are some of the players that left the army side before the start of the season.
Against Power, the team gave away the ball (turnovers) on 12 occasions as they threw away a 13-18 lead after the first quarter.
Despite the loss, Okoth managed to put up 18 points: Shooting from 6-12 to take his season tally to 109 from eight games he has played.
Only, team mate Felix Mukunzi (113), JKL duo Ivan Lumanyika (117) and Brian Namake (120) have scored more points.
Okoth went on to add that his side is not training as a whole:
“We all have to train so that we keep fit and in right shape, but this is not the case at our team as some of the players rarely turn up for training. Me and Felix we can’t drag this team to top places.
“We have good and experienced players at the team but aged so they just need to train together and all will be well.”
Next on the menu for Okoth’s UPDF is City Oilers (June 16th, KIU courts) and KCCA Panthers (June 20th, YMCA).