JKL Lady Dolphins and Gazelles star Namuwaya Muhayimina has named her best five players into the dream team.
Muhai, as commonly known in the sports circles is also a netball player who has represented Uganda at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2019 Netball World Cup.
She started her basketball career at KCCA Leopards, a team she joined in 2011 and won two league titles in 2012 and 2014 before crossing to JKL Lady Dolphins in 2017.
Coincidentally, her starting five include only players she has played with at KCCA Leopards.
“Its a not surprise because all these players inspired me,” Muhai says about her selection.
She has started with Flavia ‘Flirsh’ Oketcho, Moreen ‘Momo’ Amoding, Becky Akullo, Miriam Hamala and Martha Soigi.
Only Hamala, on the list, was not part of the Uganda Gazelles team that played at the 2015 Afrobasket championship in Yaounde, Cameroon.
Hamala, who was the 2009 League MVP, is one of the longest serving players and her talent has never been questioned.
Flirsh is not a surprise selection as the point guard is regarded by many as the best Uganda has ever had.
Akullo, former KCCA captain, is now a manager of the team since she retired in 2017.
Soigi who also plays for the Netball team She Cranes, is still at KCCA while Momo joined Ruhaga.
If there were more places, Muhai says that she could add JKL’s Hope Akello who “is growing everyday she steps on court,” Sylvia Nakazibwe, Claire Lamunu, Monica Siima and Judith Nansobya.
What Muhai Says About Her Selection:
- Flavia – She mastered her role especially when things get tough, she thinks for the team.
- Momo – She’s this quick shooter I have ever seen, even right in front of you.
- Akullo – She is one person you will not tell what she’s going to do next – shoot or drive and very defensive.
- Hamala – She got all the big man moves and she motivated many including me.
- Martha – Very determined and courageous player I have ever met.