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KIU Rangers Return to action against A1 challenge tonight in NBL


By Isaac Akugizibwe

KIU, Main campus-KIU Rangers will not have Point guard Fildauce Namuleme, Amaniyo Moses Mary and Rachael Akinyi in tonight's encounter with A1 challenge at the MTN Arena in Lugogo though coach Roger Sseruyingo is adamant, the rest of the team is in an excellent mood to give the best.

The Rangers have been out of action for more than two weeks with star lady Perus Nyamwege on national duty, representing Uganda at the under 23 3X3 FIBA tournament in Kenya and other FUBA programs that saw many games postponed.

According to KIU Rangers coach Roger Sseruyingo, the rest of the squad is intact and ready to ball.

"They are looking better than ever and have a quenching thirst for the game now than never. Clarisse from Congo is also beginning to fit in the team," he said.

Fildauce Namuleme's unfortunate injury is attributed to the intensity at which she trains and pushes herself to achieve results, Racheal Akinyi is off on the Doctor's advise because of a knee injury while Amaniyo Moses-Mary is also out due to weather allergies.

Sseruyingo acknowledges the fact that A1 challenge has greatly improved and that they play good basketball but this won't stop him from ordering the Rangers to teach them how best basketball is played.

" A1 Challenge has been a team on the rise in the ladies' league this year, the girls have improved on their rebounding power and are playing better team basketball courtesy of their Team Coach Eric Matovu. However, we still intend to give them a run for their money tonight in all departments," he said.

"Perus, Ines, Nanyonga, Sharon and Ninette their captain seem to be in the right mind to play," Sseruyingo added.

Having only played 14 games, KIU Rangers are number four on the NBL women's ladder with 24 points, eight points below table leaders JKL lady Dolphins and only four less than UCU Lady Canons and KCCA Leopards in second and third respectively.