New look Canons want to start season on high

Peter Sifuma (R) is expected to have an increased offensive role for the Canons this season | Photo by Ian Asabo

NBL New look Canons want to start season on high

Ian Asabo • 17:56 - 21.03.2023

UCU Canons begin their 2023 National Basketball League season on Wednesday night in a university meeting with Ndejje University at the MTN Arena in Lugogo.

An off-season refresh for the Mukono team was inevitable after the departures of their best players, Fayed Bbaale and Titus Odeke, to City Oilers.

Both sides will be hoping to start with their best foot forward especially since the university derby adds an incentive between players, fans and all stakeholders involved.

Tactically, it seems like Ndejje University has gone big this season with the "twin towers" in the front court.

Their ability to block shots and influence rebounding on both sides of the floor was evident in their 71-69 win over KCCA.

It is a sight that will send fear down the spine of many a team this season.

Led by Ayol Kumbai, who tallied nine points, an assist, and 21 rebounds in their season opener win, he will be a player to watch out for.

Canons captain Blisk Ibanda is optimistic the team will have to rely on their abilities, especially dominating the paint.

"Yes, they currently have the advantage in terms of height in the paint, it's going to be a good challenge in the paint, but we can also rely on our quickness to get the job done,” Ibanda told Pulse Sports

An increased offensive role for Peter Sifuma is expected this season as his ability to impact the game on both sides of the glass is underrated widely around the league.

Head Coach Nicholas Natuhereza is confident his team can start the season in the right way and get a win and build on from there.

"We are heading into the first game with confidence; if we can play the right way, then we can get the win and positively start our season,” Natuhereza told this Website

These two sides recently met in the semi-final of the UCU invitational tournament, where the Mukono-based side came out on top in a close contest affair