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It's a Big Day in the National Basketball League as KIU Titans Face City Oilers


By Isaac Akugizibwe

KIU, Main Campus-KIU Titans have an uphill task as they face defending champions City Oilers in tonight's National Basketball League (NBL) blockbuster at the MTN Arena in Lugogo. The Titans need nothing but victory against the eight-time champions who have lost only once this season. The game tips off at 9:00 PM EAT.

In a Pre-game press conference on Thursday, KIU Titans Coach, Julius Lutwama confirmed that the team will once again be without former captain, Collins Kasujja who is healing from an injury he sustained about two weeks ago.

"We shall not have Collins Kasujja again as he is still injured and the good news is that he is getting better."

"Our plan is not to struggle when one or two players are out," he said.

Lutwama also confirmed that the leading scorers Amisi Saidi Danny Carmelo, Denis Balungu, and Innocent Ochera were not 100 percent fit and would need advice from the team's medical team before appearing on Lutwama's roster for Friday night.

He also highlighted on how they plan to stop the Oilers.

"If you want to win City Oilers, focus on individual players, our plan will be to use the players that are available in the best way of their energy."

Lutwama also said there is no pressure on the KIU Titans side and that they see tonight's game as any other game.

"It's a normal basketball game, five against five, both teams have added in great players and both have great players, so it will be the difference of who does what best."

However, the other KIU Titans players are all in a good mood to inspire again with Forward Edgar Munaba who is gradually getting back to full fitness was given some minutes last weekend and will be available for more time on Friday. Should he turn up in the right mood, he is undoubtedly one great fighter to bank on.

It should be noted that City Oilers beat KIU Titans in the opening game of this season, meaning that the Titans will have to work hard to earn some sweet revenge as well as prevent a double for Monday Juruni's boys.

KIU Titans beat City Oilers in the second round of last season before finishing fourth after playoffs. But both sides have significantly changed after adding a couple of players to their squads.

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