Uganda’s League champions DMark Power face a tough test this evening when they battle Rwanda’s Espoir in one of the men’s semifinals of the FIBA Africa Zone 5 Basketball Club Championship.
DMark who lost one game in the group stages to Kenya Commercial Bank before beating ABC of Tanzania and South Sudan team will however need to be at their best against a side that beat another Uganda side Kyambogo Warriors. The Warriors struggled to beat defending champions Urunani (Burundi) 85-82 last night, but still failed to make it to the elimination stage.
The defending champions will be up against KCB in the second semifinal game with all games slated for the Lugogo Indoor Stadium. But KCB player Pappy Odihambo Othino told Uganda Radio Network that they are determined to eliminate the defending champions Urunani.
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Isaac Lugudde, the DMark Power player said although they respect Espoir, they hope to bring out their best game because getting to the finals on home tuff will be good. In their last group game against KCB last night, Dmark Power lost 86-78.
But before the men’s teams take to the field, two Ugandan women’s teams are in the semifinals against Kenyan sides. Uganda Christian University Lady Canons who humbled Tanzanian side Jeshi Stars 74-42 in their last group game on Thursday will face defending champions KPA, while KCCA take on Eagle Wings in the second semifinal.
Justine Irung Kawang, the lead Commissioner for FIBA Africa, noted that the tournament is getting on well and many teams have showed great improvement. Kawang said that they are happy that many teams have improved and this clearly shows that the Zone 5 region will be a force to reckon with in the years to come.