KIU endured a shock end to the 2016 NBL season after losing 3-2 to unfancied Betway Power
From a star-studded squad to a normal team… say hello to the new KIU Titans.
"This season we will rely on three or four stars," revealed KIU boss Nasser Sserunjjogi, who is shaking up his roaster and strategy after two seasons of splashing the cash in vain.
"Last year, we had a team full of stars but that created a situation where there was no leadership and accountability. When the going got tough, everyone kept on looking to the other star to lift the team.
"But this year, we want to have a few stars who know they have to perform every time for the team to win. That way, we will be able to hold them accountable."
KIU endured a shock end to the 2016 NBL season after losing 3-2 to unfancied Betway Power in the playoff semi-finals, consigning experts' predictions and their team-record 22-game winning run to the trash can.
The disappointment forced Sserunjjogi, who has overseen the investment of millions on the KIU basketball programme (for both women and men) for nearly two decades without winning a championship, into a rethink. KIU will not bring back Jean Hakizimana, Francis Sokoroza, Kutai Gatwech, Diego Angemi while they've also lost Mathiew Ochieng, who went to the US for a scholarship.
KIU's plight underscores the difficulty of winning the NBL championship and puts into perspective the magnitude of the City Oilers' four straight titles.
What secret do the Oilers have? Sserunjogi and KIU will try to find it this year.