“COVID 19 stings Basketball harder” Warriors’ Mutebi

DAVID GOMBE

As many sectors are lamenting about the scotching impact of the COVID 19 pandemic, sports and other recreation activities have not been spared.

For Basketball in particular, not even enough noise has been made to support a game that is widely viewed as one for the elites.

Swift Sports’ David Gombe managed to reach out to Warriors coach Ronnie Mutebi to find out how the sport has affected the game.

Ronnie Mutebi, an experienced coach, has been in charge of Pemba Warriors since 2014. Having helped Charging Rhinos to join the NBL where he was until 2010-2013

Mutebi explained how the pandemic has affected everything including his team Warriors.

“This pandemic has been a huge blow to us. We had just regrouped and then lockdown happened. We hope to work things out since all teams are affected but I feel this has affected my team the more”.

He said.

“So it’s going to be a tough mountain to climb since public exercises are even banned”

A disappointed Mutebi added.

The club management has tried to help the players amidst all the financial challenges though human needs can never be satisfied fully.

“We are in touch with the players. They’re holding up but its still tough definitely.”

He also pointed out the fear of players losing fitness due to lack of space for activity.

“As management, we are also holding up. The only challenge is the lack of movement and exercises”

“We are worried of whether the players will be ready to compete if this whole situation went back to normal so soon?

“I think it’s going to take at least a full month of training to get pieces back and even then, the vibe will not be as vibrant as before.

“We can’t underestimate the issue of mental health brought by such a pandemic.

“It’s going to be a tough season ahead but we will hope that the Lord blesses us with better energies and strategies moving forward”.

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