City Oilers ready to challenge for FIBA Africa Champions Cup – Juruni

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Silverbacks coach Mandy Juruni

On their return to the FIBA Africa Champions Cup, City Oilers will be aiming for the title when they come up against continental heavyweights.

According to their head coach Mandy Juruni, the back-to-back Zone V champions who made their debut at the tournament last year are ready to challenge for the African title.

Oilers have been camping in in Alexandria, Egypt as thy did last year ahead of the December 11-20 championship to be staged in Tunisia.

“We are ready to go. We have been training hard and have played tough friendly games against top teams in Egypt so we are good,” Juruni told FIBA.

“Our expectation is to win the tournament. You do not have to play 20 times to win something. It is about preparation, hard work, belief and having a good team to compete,” he added.

City Oilers lost all their four group games but managed to register an 88-69 win against Nzui Manto in the placement game and Juruni believes they got enough experience from their debut.

“The experience from the 2016 edition means that we go into this tournament with better confidence and knowledge of what the competition is like. We are ready.”


Zone V MVP Jordan Mayes is part of City Oilers roster and along with Stanley Ocitti, Adarius Pegues, Stephen Omony, Landry Ndikumana, Ben Komakech and Jimmy Enabu will try to lead the four-time Ugandan champions to continental glory.

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