By Charles Mutebi
Airtel National Basketball League
Sparks v Nabisunsa
KIU v A1
Vegetarian v Miracle
Rhinos v City Oil
Nkumba v UCU
FUBA Division 1
YMCA v Javon
Ssaku v Rez Life
UMU v Riders
Bush Court v KU
FUBA Development League
Makerere v UPDF
THE Charging Rhinos began this season with the primary objective of surviving relegation from the Airtel National Basketball League (ANBL).
Now they are gearing up for the ANBL playoffs.
Ronnie Mutebi’s team take on City Oil in their last game of the regular season today at the YMCA before shifting attention to their playoff quarterfinal series against top seed D’Mark Power.
And while no one is giving the last-seeded Rhinos a chance, Mutebi’s side have been consistently improving since the start of the season. In fact, they lost by just two points to Power two weeks ago.
Above all, the Rhinos have nothing to fear against Power. They’ve already survived their worst fear of the season.
“Our first target this season was to avoid relegation,” Mutebi told New Vision Sport on Friday. “Against Power, we will have no pressure. Whatever happens, we just want to enjoy ourselves.”
Mutebi warned City Oil, who beat the Rhinos in last year’s FUBA Division 2 Finals after both sides had gained promotion to the ANBL, saying “it is personal against them”.
City Oil have had a much better campaign than the Rhinos and go into this game with the potential of finishing third in the regular season log. City Oil’s financial muscle allowed them to splash on elite talent like Jimmy Enabu and Kami Kabenge while the Rhinos could only afford the policy of improving on what they already had.
Still, both reached the ANBL playoffs even if they have different hopes.