By Isaac Akugizibwe
KIU, Main Campus-After 10 days in recess due to the recently concluded under-18 Afro-basketball qualifiers, KIU Titans return to action this evening when they take on table leaders UCU Canons at the Lugogo MTN Arena.
The Titans have embarked on correcting mistakes made in the first round where they lost the opening match to Nicholus Natuhereza’s UCU Canons. They have so far had a good start to the second round with some drastic improvements in defending though there has been a gradual decline in rebounding which could be attributed to the decline in form of the team’s lead rebounder, Edgar Munaba.
Munaba was arguably the Titans' best player in the first round of the season with double figures but due to some injuries, the 21-year-old small forward has somehow struggled to rediscover his very best form in the second round. There is hope, a 10-day break they’ve had could prove wonders, starting tonight.
"Edgar was nursing a knock in the previous games but he should be fully fit for this one," Titans Coach Raymond Muhumuza assured.
The Titans will need the best of inform Muhammad Kassa and Mohammed Abdikani if they are to give the Canons a better run for their money tonight.
Mohammed Abdikani is leading the league in blocks made but also Joseph Chuma, Elvis Mutebi, Joseph Dramaza, Gaius Mahamba, Arnold Kiseka and Ivan Otyek will seek to impress.
"We are fully aware of who we are playing but the boys are full confidence going into today's game," Raymond Muhumuza added.
Nicholas Natuhereza’s UCU Canons will need the best of Jerry Kayanga, Peter Sifuma Suudi Ulanga, Fadhili Chuma, Guard Fayed Baale and Titus Odeke, all expected to do what they have done all season long but there is enough to prove that KIU Titans isn’t a team they should underestimate.
Coached by Julius Lutwama and Raymond Muhumuza, KIU Titans have won nine and lost five games so far and sit in the sixth place on the league table with 23 points while UCU Canons lead the ladder with 29 points having won 13 and lost three games.