By Isaac Akugizibwe
KIU, Main Campus-KIU Rangers have expressed their readiness to end JT Lady Jaguars fairy tale in the Women's National Basketball League (WNBL) when the two sides meet on Friday at 7:00 PM (EAT) at the MTN Arena in Lugogo.
JT Lady Jaguars have spent the biggest portion of this NBL season on top of the table and they must beat KIU Rangers tonight to complete the regular season in the first two places, a perfect achievement for a debutant.
But according to KIU Rangers coach Julius Lutwama, there is no easy way the Jaguars are going to achieve their desire. He confirmed in a Pre-game interview that his team will be playing for nothing else but to win.
"As the Rangers, we are not prepared to play to be number two tomorrow, we are prepared to win tomorrow, whatever position that the table attaches to us thereafter is a different conversation," he said.
"We want to win because it is what prepares us for what is to come in the playoffs," he added.
Lutwama was asked about JT's fairy tale start to life in the National Basketball League.
"The name of the team has just come but the players have been here forever, so it doesn't put a lot of dynamics into the talk of an extra mile, a special moment, and so forth," he answered.
"It's the name JT that has just come, the players have been here and some of them have won championships. They compete the same way and they are likely to come the same way," he added.
One of KIU Ranger's dependable stars, Mary Moses Amaniyo who has been in Kigali Rwanda for the East Africa secondary school's games is back in the team and will surely be a plus for them tonight.
"One of our great players, Mary Moses Amaniyo is back, and she's a plus for us into tomorrow's game," Lutwama confirmed on Thursday.
"She's always a great player around the best teammates ever and that answers the question that every player on this team is a great player around the best teammates."
Voted Most Valuable Player of the basketball tournament in the East Africa secondary school games where she helped her school, st Mary's College Kitende to win the basketball trophy, Mary Moses Amaniyo returns to Kansanga with maximum motivation upon which she's ready to inspire the Rangers.
"We are ready to play and come back to Kansanga victorious. I told my teammates that we have to win," she said.
Tonight's game will be the third last one for KIU Rangers who still have Nabisunsa girls (Sunday 3rd September 2023) and UCU lady Canons (Friday 8th September 2023) and the final one for the newcomers who will be looking to take their fairy tale to the Playoffs on a high.