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City Oilers: Captain Enabu Upbeat Ahead Of New Season

City Oilers are going to defend the National Basketball League Championship, team captain Jimmy Enabu is hopeful.

Because he is a City Oilers player, many will of course claim that his prediction is biased but when stars speak, we just have to sit down and listen.

Enabu needs no introduction in Uganda’s basketball unless you have been in a certain prison for over the last decades. The scintillating guard hails from a Basketball family that has Ivan, Maurice and Mark among others.

Back in the days. Courtesy photo

Enabu who started playing basketball at Kabojja SS, joined Knight Riders in 2007 before joining UCU in Mukono. He had stints with DMark Power where he won his first championship in 2011 before joining the Money giants – City Oilers in 2013.

In his prestigious but brief career, he has won seven league crowns (one with Power and six with Oilers) not to mention some MVP performances and other Zone V triumphs.

On what keeps him yearning for more, the guard reluctantly comments: “Winning, Hahaha. It’s never enough.”

Too much quality in one photo: Enabu (left) and fellow guard Jordan Mayez in National Colours. Courtesy Photo

Power gave Oilers hard time last season, but many said the same when they faced KIU Titans a season before and UCU some years back.

This season, Enabu hopes that Oilers have everything it takes to defend their crown.


Catch me if you can: Enabu (left) protruding through KIU Titans defence. Observer Photo

“The beauty about sports is you can never really know the end result of a game,” he comments. “But we believe our preparation gives us a good chance to compete with the best.”

Enabu is the reigning USPA basketball player of the year – 2018. An accolade that is voted for by the members of the Uganda Sports Journalists Association, an umbrella body that unites all Sports Journalists in the country.

USPA Basketballer of the year

On his main target, he stated that he is looking at being better than he was last year in every possible way.

Oilers begin their title defense against Power on Friday. Speaking about this interesting tie, Enabu said:

“Starting well is important, we want to play the right and keep building on that. Power is a good team and they make adjustments in terms of recruitment every season. We have to keep playing to our strengths.”

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