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KIU Rangers bid farewell to US-bound Star Diana Letaru


By Isaac Akugizibwe

KIU Rangers on Tuesday bid farewell to Diana Letaru who has finally left the team and will travel to officially join Grayson College in Texas USA. Letaru ends her seven months stint at KIU Rangers as the team's leading scorer in the National basketball league this season.

Nasser Sserunjogi the president of the KIU basketball franchise confirmed in June that Diana Letaru would leave KIU Rangers for a scholarship at Grayson College in the US though she has featured for the Rangers ever since.

She spent most of Tuesday evening watching her teammates train in what was her last training session with the Rangers before she bid farewell.

While giving her farewell remarks to now her former teammates who gathered in the middle of the court alongside other team officials, a jolly Letaru expressed gratitude towards her teammates and the KIU Rangers management.

"First of all I thank God for being on this team, I thank Mr president, the coaches, and all my teammates. This was a very good journey for me and I will represent very well where ever I will be. I can't forget you guys, you have been very good teammates."

"I just love being in this team. Sometimes I get emotional in my room like today morning because I can't believe that am leaving you guys."

She urged the Rangers to continue making her proud by going all the way to this season's NBL finals.

"I hope you guys make it to the finals because you are really good and I will always be there in spirit."

During the same ceremony, the Rangers presented a customized jumper to the sensational small forward as a token of appreciation. And the cake was cut amidst the excitement.

"This is a gift to Diana from KIU Rangers," said Club Statistician Kevin as she presented the gift to the emotional Diana Letaru.

"It is a small gift but from the bottom of our hearts. We want to say we love you and where ever you go, please represent us and always keep the Rangers flag up," she added.

 "We dearly wish to appreciate the outstanding efforts of her great input to get us here. We can't explain how much we shall miss Diana but it is great to say that we are happy to be losing her for something better.

We wish her well," remarked Julius Lutwama, the KIU Rangers head coach.

KIU Rangers will return to action this weekend with two back-to-back games against Nkumba Lady Marines on Saturday and Kampala University Lady Eagles on Sunday.