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Otim Jonah On Toughest Opponent, Highlights In Uganda

Former City Oilers and Silverbacks player Jonah Otim has named KIU Titans guard Michael Bwanga as the toughest opponent he ever faced during his spell in Uganda.

The two-time NBL Champion with City Oilers left the Country in June 2018 to pursue personal goals in the States.

Jonah says that his stay in the USA is “all positive” after graduating recently. He is currently employed in Surgical Technology department at Brigham and Women Hospital Faulkner.

Jonah Otim. FIBA

“I also still play active basketball down here, plus still have my personal coach Walker (Obedi) on my workout side.”

Otim and Walker come a long way since the guard was still a toddler at Kibuli SS. He was also his coach at Ndejje University for four years.

On his toughest opponent, Jonah says: “Bwanga has the most heart with skill. A player who never ever gives up on his team however bad the score looks and will never let any player have honey moon around him both on offense and defense.”

Jonah (right) with Michael Bwanga (green) during a league game at YMCA court.

Bwanga has been instrumental for the Titans especially during the 2017 season when he took the Kansanga University to the National finals. He however picked an injury to miss the best part of the series as his side lost Jonah’s City Oilers.

Jonah, when asked about the best player he has ever played with, he surprisingly named Warriors’ Mike ‘Gatete’ Otieno who he played with while still at Ndejje University.

He explained: “Mike has all the aspects of the game; from the point guard qualities to the biggest man absolute quality which is the leap. Talk of speed and skill in all five positions.”

Mike Gatete Otieno (red) as Warriors take on Betway Power (blue) at Indoor Arena Lugogo. FUBA

He deservedly named Hajji Santur and Mandy Juruni as the best coaches he played for, commenting that the two Oilers tacticians mastered the art of winning however bad the squad might look like.

Jonah said that Stephen Omony was his inspiration. “Stephen Omony since I joined National team as a rookie, the way he handled himself both off and on court led me to fall in love with his sportsmanship.”

He also mentioned Ivan Lumanyika and Geoffrey Soro as the funniest players adding that they bring positive energy to the team however bad the situation may be.

Ivan Lumanyika (white) as Uganda face Nigeria in 2019 3X3 Africa Cup at Lugogo (hockey grounds).

On Lumanyika, he added: “The funniest moment has to be when Ivan lumanyika shouted at the coach to pull him out of the game because he wanted to use the toilet!”

Did You Know? Jonah won the Zone Five Championship with City Oilers twice with City Oilers and captained the Uganda men’s national 3X3 team that played in 2017 Africa Cup in Togo.

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