BASKETBALL : FUBA lower division leagues return

DAVID GOMBE

The 2019 FUBA division one and two leagues have been launched today Friday 22nd March at Uganda Olympic Committee, Lugogo. The new season will officially kick off on Sunday March 24th at MTN Arena.

Speaking on behalf of the FUBA lower division leagues, Chairman Brian Rugyendo said that he is looking forward to a great tournament this year

“We expect to have a great tournament and it great that action will resume on Sunday, we have been missing basketball and we can’t wait for kick off. I can assure the Basketball fans that we shall have alot of entertainment and I am confident the teams will give us a good experience.” Stated Rugyendo.

The lower divisions began in 2003 with 16 teams battling out in the Makerere open tournament, with the 8 quarterfinalists forming the then division 1 ( current NBL) and the other 8 forming the then division 2 ( current division 1). The lower leagues have since evolved leading to a formation of a third category currently referred to as the Division 2 as of 2019.

Last year, 16 teams took part in Division 1 men’s category, 11 in the women’s category and 13 in Division 2. This year 16, 13 and 14 teams are to take part respectively.

The 2018 Division 1 finalists, KU and Falcons BC in the men’s category and YMCA Lady Hamstars and MUK Sparks in the women’s category are in the NBL 2019 while Division 2 finalists, Namuwongo Blazers and IUEA are part of the 2019 Division 1.

The games for Sunday 24th March are below
•Watoto Vs Miracle Eaglets
•Emperors Vs Crane High
•Old Tymers Vs Changing Rhino
•UPDF Vs REZ Life