KAMPALA. Way after everyone had spoken Power captain Joseph Ikong got his chance to address the media briefing held at Kati Kati Kati Restaurant on Friday.“This is a new era,” Ikong beamed through the mic. The second most successful local basketball club had just unveiled a new sponsor – Tiger Head – and five acquisitions.
They are now Tiger Head Power. That sounds like a high voltage line, doesn’t it? During the past two seasons, the five-time national champions have been anything but.In 2012, UCU knocked them out of playoffs in the quarterfinals. Last year, they only improved to the semifinals, losing to eventual first time champions City Oilers.
The feeling is extremely unfamiliar ground for a side that had won three of the four titles preceding 2012.Signing guards Ivan Enabu (Warriors), Abdullahi Ramadhan (Falcons) and Francis Odom (Rez Life), forward Moses Olobo (free agent) and centre Philip Ameny (Falcons) is supposed to return the winning feeling.Besides Odom, there is a lot of experience coming in. We all know they had to respond after losing two-time Most Valuable Player (MVP) Ben Komakech to Oilers and Emmanuel Enabu during 2013.
But immediately after the acquisitions were dressed in branded polo shirts, the questions started to arise on how they will deal with what seems to a ‘bloated’ roster.Forwardguard Norman Blick is five-time champion and three-time playoffs MVP. Ikong is a former top scorer whereas Isaac Afidra was playoffs MVP when they last won in 2011.
A rising Paul Odong might also have his minutes trimmed as the team seeks to design a strategy where everyone gets sufficient ‘touches’ to aid the cause. Coach Bernes Ankunda has a tough a job on his hands as one journalist tagged this as an All-Star team. “Maybe out there, they are Super Stars but here they are all the same. And the one who does the job best will play,” Ankunda warned.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor