By Isaac Akugizibwe
KIU, Main Campus-It will be nothing but a who is who contest as KIU Rangers meet newly promoted Kampala University in the NBL Women's encounter at YMCA on the afternoon of Saturday 13th May 2023.
KIU Rangers have won four out of the seven games they have played so far this season while Kampala University Ladies have won only three out of eight games. The two teams are tied on 11 points with KIU Rangers number six on the table while KU Ladies are seventh.
KIU Rangers acting head Coach, Julius Lutwama says they respect every team in the topflight no matter the period they have spent.
"We treat all teams special because they are in the main league on merit and we respect and compete with them honorably," he said.
Asked whether the Rangers will devise a special approach to this game, Lutwama said, "We approach all the teams the same way because they are all part of our race in the marathon."
There is talk among the fans that KIU vs KU could be another rivalry as each team seeks supremacy in basketball along Gaba Road but according to Julius Lutwama, this is something the KIU Rangers are yet to think about.
"We are always excited to be on the floor each day of basketball but the rest is only an opportunity for us to work on our routines and nurse our injuries. We look at them as a league team, not our neighbours,"
Lutwama hailed the team's medical team for working hard to keep players fit and healthy.
"Yes there are some injuries but our medical team works tooth and nail with due respect," he said.
KIU Rangers will bank on Sharon Kirabo who leads the team's scoring with 88 points, Diana Letary at 87, and Ines Kanyamuneza with 38 points respectively in their pursuit of consistency this season.
The Rangers have won their last two games including a triumph over table leaders JT Lady Jaguars and will look to maintain a steady run of results when they come across KU Ladies on Saturday afternoon.