Canons v A1
AFTER losing the MTN-FUBA playoffs final series 3-2 for three successive years, ladies outfit A1 Challenge must be wondering what they should do different this year.
Against the Lady Bucks in 2006, KCC Leopards in 2007 and UCU Canons last year, A1 have seen every trip to the play-off finals end up in heartbreak. Still, going into A1â€™s season-opening encounter against the Canons, one prediction is worth making â€“â€“ Hamza Nyambogoâ€™s team will be in this yearâ€™s playoffs finals.
But as A1â€™s Olivia Mulwana said, they intend to take it a step further this time. â€œWe plan to do the right things this year,â€ the playmaker promised.
â€œLast year in the final we were emotional and made some mistakes which cost us. I think we can make it this year. I believe in our team.â€
The point guard, who was named 2009 regular season MVP, expects the upcoming season to be tougher and the race for the championship to feature the usual suspects.
â€œI think UCU are still strong even though they lost (Flavia) Okecho to KCC,â€ she argued. â€œUCU will be contenders because theyâ€™ve lost just one player.â€
â€œKCC have also beefed up but I hope they donâ€™t get confused with all the players theyâ€™ve signed. Even KIU will be strong because they have added some young players to their squad.â€
However, Mulwana added that it might be a challenging year for the 2005 champions as there is some uncertainty surrounding the availability of key team members like centre Elizabeth Kiiza, who is getting married tomorrow.
Canons are A1â€™s first hurdle