Canons’ Steven Wundi attempts to go past City OIlers’ Jonah Otim during the KIU Invitational in Kansanga (Photo by Ronald Awany)
The early exit of the UCU Canons from the Kampala International University (KIU) Basketball Invitational at Kansanga in Kampala a fortnight ago left many fans and pundits wondering if the team would repeat last season’s heroics after fielding a small and mostly young squad throughout the tournament.
Coach Nick’s side were knocked out in the group stages after picking up a single win against new league entrants, the UPDF Tomhawks, and losing the other two to KIU and City Oilers.
The team was experiencing first life on the courts without Boniface Okello, Martin Okwako, Joseph Wacha, Ivan Lumanyika, Innocent Oduor and Joseph Chuma who have since exited the team.
Desmond Owili and Brain Namake both of whom are still in the team were also absent on personal business.
The team had to rely on talisman Steven Wundi, Jonathan Egau, Wal Madol, Chuma Fadhili, YahayaKalyesubula, and Andrew Gang along new entrants Jonathan Obukunyang, Derrick Isiku and David Okello.
After losing at least six first-team players, the Canons showed all signs of a team that is in dire need of new experienced players to be able to compete with rivals and to boost the now very small squad.
During an interview with The Standard, Natuhereza reiterated the need to make additions.
“We are definitely going to make new signings and we have up to mid season to do that,” he said.
“But I do not want to be rushed into signing anyone because what we need is quality.
“There are gaps that we need to fill and we will definitely do that,” he added.
Teams have intensified preparations in order to compete for the league title in the upcoming season.
KIU Titans, City Oilers, and Our Saviour have notably all made new signings.