• July 12, 2020

Stephen Omony: Silverbacks Captain Contemplating Retirement

 Stephen Omony: Silverbacks Captain Contemplating Retirement

Silverbacks Captain Stephen Omony is giving retirement a consideration after an ailing knee that has kept him out recently.

The ageless City Oilers’ small forward has told the-SportsNation that ”I have thought about retirement” although he refused to spill more details.

Omony, widely regarded as the best Ugandan basketball player in the recent past even by the hardest critics, will be turning 40 on March 23 if we are to go with FIBA records.

City Oilers small forward Stephen Omony. Courtesy photo

“I have this knee injury and I am going through medical observations,” the iconic captain exclusively said.

“Yes, I have thought about quitting or retirement but the question has always been when it’s going to happen.”

A source closest to his club, City Oilers, has hinted that Omony has already told teammates and club officials about his retirement.

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If this comes to pass, he will join teammate Jimmy Enabu – another icon – into retirement. Although the crafty guard has been in and out since the matter made rounds, citing new work commitments.

If Omony adds another season, he will be the NBL’s Vince Carter – He has played in three decades of Uganda’s basketball league so far – 1990s, 2000s and 2010s.

He played with Blue Jackets in 1997 before joining Falcons the following year and helped the six time champions to a championship that year.

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Stephen Omony in action against UCU. Brian Namake (14) has since joined JKL. Monitor photo

He later crossed to Seychelles’ PLS Hawks in 2001 where his family still lives, signed for Miracle Eagles in 2010 and later rejoined Falcons in 2011.

He joined City Oilers franchise in March 2017, as an indirect replacement for Kami Kabange who had returned to Rwanda.

“I have managed to stay this way (because) am just a fierce competitor, consistent hard worker and I have overtime reinvented myself and skills to remain relevant to the teams I have been associated to. It’s who I am,” added Omony.

Omony has helped Uganda qualify to two Afrobasket tourneys – 2015 and 2017. FIBA

Oilers, who failed to qualify for the the inaugural Basketball Africa league, face UCU Canons in game four of the 2019 NBL finals on January 10, 2020 at Indoor Arena, Lugogo.

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