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Lanky Gombya Joins Norman Blick in Lower Division

The return of Blick Norman to active basketball at the resumption of the 2021 league season came as a surprise to many.

Just a few months from the league resumption, Sam Gombya has made his return to active basketball and has joined Our Saviour basketball team in Division One, the second tier of Uganda’s basketball league hierarchy.

Gombya, the 7 ft 2 inch big man, had retired from active sports while playing for Sharing Youth due to knee and ankle injuries that had immobilized him affecting his running and jumping skills.

His journey started in 2004 where he barely knew anything about the sport but soon grew a sensational in the sport making appearances for teams like Lubiri High, Kampala International University, Kyambogo Warriors, Charging Rhino and Sharing Youth.

For his debut with Our Saviour, he averaged 8 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists.

One may say that the uncertain moves of Veterans crossing from the top flight to the lower league can potentially undermine the young talent that is just getting groomed for the big leagues but it also bring more competition and attention to the division.

Blick Norman, who played for the National Basketball, Silverbacks, had also retired from active basketball. He is among the most decorated athletes among the basketball fraternity as he has five championships at the NBL level. Before the cancellation of league games, Norman averaged 3 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 points per game.

The statistics haven’t been as outstanding as their old days while playing in the NBL. In the Lower Division, Norman Blick is respected for his slick passes and assists while Sam Gombya is doing well with the rebounds.

On a positive side, such players bring experience to the teams in the lower division and excitement among the players.


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