By Isaac Akugizibwe
KIU Titans head into this weekend with two games to play, JKL Dolphins on Saturday at 4 pm and Ndejje University Angels on Sunday at the same time. Both games will be played at YMCA Court in Wandegeya.
The Titans will be looking to start from where they ended in last weekend's victory over Rezlife Saints. They really need to keep the momentum if they are to keep up with the big boys.
Point guard Joel Banza impressed on his debut but he will need to do it better to prove to the ever-expectant KIU basketball fans that what he displayed on Saturday against the Saints was not simply a piece of excitement to be a Titan.
The fans' minds will certainly be asking; Can he do better than he did in his debut game, is he the game changer, can he be dependable, and many more?
Banza is a work in progress and a hugely talented basketballer.KIU Titans will him better and he will surely pay the dividends in return.
This weekend's back-to-back games might be a big test for the Titans but they have all it takes to come out with victories.
There are no other absentees in the Titans team apart from Fidel Okoth Oudor. Isaiah Ater Mabeny who only returned from injury last weekend is in good mood to rediscover his scoring form.
Can KIU Rangers Maintain a Perfect Start?
KIU Rangers will look to maintain their Perfect start to this season when they come up against newly promoted Miracle Eaglets on Saturday at 2 pm.
The Rangers have begun the season with perfection easing past the Angels in game one a week ago. They have all it takes to keep the momentum but should never underrate the Eaglets.
Roger Serunyigo's girls will depend on the old core led by Captain Ninette Uwineza, Sharon Kirabo, Ines Kanyamuneza, Mary Amaniyo, Florence Nanyonga, and Fildauce Namuleme but will not be with Perus Nyamwenge. However, Serunyigo has hope in his new girls who have boosted this team greatly.
"Perus is still under rehabilitation for an injury she sustained during the most concluded national team engagements for Gazelles. She should be ready before the end of April. In the meantime Brenda Ayere and Ines are doing an excellent job," he said in a pre-game interview.
Roger Serunyigo acknowledged the fact that his girls have become more competitive and that they are set for the second game of the season.
"The girls should be set. They’ve become more competitive as I have to rotate a 16 Man roster throughout the entire season. They all want to be on the fixture that only needs 12," he said.
"Day two should be a continuation of what they started but even better. Most teams keep improving throughout the season and so will Rangers," he added.
"We are building on more team chemistry and leadership from the point guards on the squad."
Newly promoted Miracle Eaglets will look to make their mark with an attempt on the Rangers and Coach Roger Serunyigo is aware of what they can do.
"The Eaglets are an ever-competitive squad and definitely their coaching staff has big expectations from their players and Rangers," he said.
Both KIU Rangers and Titans have set their targets high this season and will seek to build their heist, one game at a time.