Henry Malinga (with the ball) grabs a rebound. Monitor photo
Basketball star Joseph Ikong says that Uganda has not had a dominant centre since Henry Malinga.
Malinga, who tried to forge a football career back in the days with a defunct Maji, is widely regarded as the best low post player.
Malinga is currently the head coach of JKL Lady Dolphins,
In his playing days, he won five league titles – four with Falcons (2002, 2003, 2007) and one with Warriors in 2012.
In the era where he dominated with his brother Eric Malinga, Henry was named MVP thrice (2002, 2004 and 2007).
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In an exclusive interview with The-SportsNation, Ikong listed his best five all-time starting five.
Ben Komakech, Norman Blick, Stephen Omony and Stanley Ociti are the other players on Ikong’s first five.
“That’s the dream team,” Ikong said.
“All these players are play makers. They have the ability to make plays and make other players look good and can also score when it matters. Basically, they are the players you want on your team.”
Ikong’s ‘dream team’ will come with a big debate but many will agree that it ticks most of the boxes.
He gives Komakech a place ahead of Jimmy Enabu, Tony Oluka and Ivan Enabu.
Koma, as commonly known, helped Power to two league championships in 2010 and 2011 before joining City Oilers.
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In the shooting guard position, Ikong also credited Iga Hakeem and Ronnie Kasewu before settling for Blick.
Blick is a five-time league champion. He won two titles with Power and one each with Nkumba Marines, Warriors and Sky Jammers.
Ikong also says that he is among the best small forwards Uganda has ever got, and no one will doubt that. He talked about Moses Wasswa and Stephen Okias before zeroing on Omony.
Ocitti, makes the list, though he never played locally. He filled the stats in 2015 FIBA Africa Championship in Tunisia for the Silverbacks with most points and rebounds for Uganda.