Walker Obedi’s team struggle with an inconsistency that has seen them lose five of nine outings.
National Basketball League
Women: Nkumba v UCU
Men: KIU v Ndejje
KAMPALA - In defeating the City Oilers and Betway Power in the NBL regular season first round, the Ndejje Angels showed how good they are capable of playing.
Still, Walker Obedi’s team struggle with an inconsistency that has seen them lose five of nine outings thus far.
Needless to add, they’ll have to be at their best when they take on title-chasing KIU Titans today at the YMCA.
Obedi, though, has few doubts how this game will pan out.
“Yes we are going to win,” Obedi told New Vision Sports.
“We are going to win. I never go into a game thinking I’m going to lose and when you play against the so-called big teams you can’t have any other attitude.”
KIU were edged out 67-65 by Power in their last outing in a match that showcased both the good and bad about Brian Wathum’s team.
Capable of irresistible waves of attack, such as their 21-10 fourth quarter display against Power, KIU also suffer from a deep-rooted affinity for isolation basketball that consistently undermines their offensive efficiency.
It all adds up to a match that is relatively unpredictable. While the Titans’ 8-3 record and depth of talent makes them pre-match favourites, Ndejje are hoping their participation in the just concluded Africa university games FISU plus the World University 3x3 competition has given them a sharpness that will tell.
“We played against better competition in those university games so that will definitely help us,” Obedi explained.
“I hope the players come in with the right mind-set for the game.”
In the women’s NBL, three-time reigning champions UCU Lady Canons should improve to 7-2 when they take on the Nkumba Lady Marines (9-3) in the day’s opening clash.