By Isaac Akugizibwe
KIU, Main Campus - KIU Titans guard Faisal Aden has told this website that he misses playing basketball and listening to the rhythmic voices of the passionate Titans fan base.
The 31-year-old guard was arguably the best player in the 2021 regular season of the Uganda National Basketball League (NBL) before it was halted in May due to a surge in COVID-19 infections in the country. Ever since, Aden has been far from the basketball court, instead trying to make the best of the lockdown elsewhere.
"I have been trying to make the best of the lockdown. For instance, I did some travelling to West Africa," Aden said in a virtual interview.
He disclosed that he has spent most of the time with his family throughout the lockdown and also used the chance to visit new places and to relax especially after a very competitive run in the NBL where he had turned his team KIU Titans into title favourites before the league was temporarily suspended at the end of May.
"I have been spending time with my family, traveling and just relaxing and staying safe," he disclosed.
He added that he misses playing basketball, getting on with teammates and listening to the passionate voices of fans and their excitement on matchdays.
"I miss how passionate our fans are. I miss the way they get excited for our great plays and the great energy they bring to games and practice," he admitted.
Despite spending the last three months without seriously practicing and playing active basketball, Aden is confident that it will take him little time to get back to full fitness and readiness for action when the league finally returns.
He has assured his fans that he will forever love them the way they love him and urged them to stay safe from COVID-19 as they wait for the return of basketball.
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