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NBL Is Back: Five Talking Points From The Opening Weekend

The 2022 National Basketball League got underway in spectacular fashion headlined by the opening two games on March 11 at the Indoor Arena.

And a couple of games where played on Saturday and Sunday.

It was euphoric to see the ball roll again, fans turning up in huge numbers plus that Coldness at YMCA.

Speaking of YMCA, Tusker Lite made fans relish the moments with a strong and entertaining performance from Zex Bilangilangi.

A lot happened on the courts in an eventful weekend; contested officiating calls and stunning results to say the least.

But I decided to pick on these;

Andrew Tendo Serving Two Masters At Ago

Coach Andrew Tendo may be up for a big task. And it remains to be seen where he will sit when City Oilers and Victoria University meet (on March 26). Tendo, an assistant to Mandy Juruni at City Oilers, is also the assistant coach of Eddy Manzi of Victoria University. He earlier denied being the Assistant Coach of Victoria University when contacted by this Website but he was on the bench as the newcomers lost their Saturday match to KCCA Panthers. Whether he holds a different position at Victoria University is another debate, but he was registered by the team as an assistant per initial documents seen by this website. But does FUBA rules permit an official to coach two teams in the same division?

UCU Scores two Points in a Quarter!

In their loss to JKL Lady Dolphins, UCU Lady Canons were literally non existent in the second quarter. The side managed just two points in the period, both coming on the line courtesy of Rose Akon and Agatha Kamwanda. UCU shot 0-for-14 from the field as they went cold in a quarter that was also halted by rain. And despite their attempts to make amends in the next quarters, damage was already done. And assistant coach Emmanuel Kiguyi’s animation on the touchline never made the situation any better.

Under 18-Players Should Be Protected

We all appreciate the efforts by Tusker Lite to reward every best player of the match. Big Kudos. But the way it’s done should vary. Nabisunsa stunned A1 Challenge to claim a hugely deserved 64-58 win in a game Patience Karungi (I beg to be corrected) was named the Tusker Lite player of the match. The process is that the player has to get a medal, hold the Tusker Lite banner and pose for a photo. The sponsor is getting the mileage which I have no problem with but isn’t this at the expense of a child’s right and exploitation. Young players who are below 18 should not be used to advertise beers, Let anyone who is below 18 pose with the medal, and move on. My two cents. And for Moslems, that will be another debate.

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