Team Iman secured victory over Team Ekon in a thrilling finish at the Lugogo Hockey Grounds to win the Friday Night Lights Season IX (FNL9) finals on January 5, 2024, with a final score of 33-31.
FNL has evolved into Uganda’s premier sports-meets-showbiz event, blending music, food, and beverages alongside basketball action.
Ritah Imanishiwe, Team Iman captain, expressed pride in winning, especially since a fan scored the buzzer-beater for their team.
While notable figures like Crysto Panda and BigTril shined in past events, this time, Uganda’s iconic artiste Jose Chameleone garnered the loudest cheers, despite staying seated in the VIP section.
Although Chameleone opted out of playing, others like Mr Mosh and entertainers like Nutty Neithen and Nina Roz added to the event’s vibrancy.
Castle Lite, the headline sponsor, offered discounted beer, aligning with their tagline “Unlock, Refresh, and Enjoy.”
NRG Radio, the vibes partner, and event production group Qi Sports Management, along with ATS, contributed to the event’s success with engaging entertainment and top-notch production.
Notable halftime challenges delighted fans with prizes from sponsors like t-shirts, hats, cash, and headphones.
The National Council of Sports officials graced the event, joining in to distribute prizes, while FNL Team Leader Tom Ocamringa thanked sponsors, fans, and participating teams for their contributions.
The awards ceremony was postponed due to the game’s late conclusion, and Season X’s schedule for 2024 will soon be announced.
In the games leading to the finals, Team Wazee secured their first win, Team Iman and Team Ekon both dominated their respective groups, setting the stage for their showdown in the finals.
The Teams and Captains:
- Team Iman – Ritah Imanishiwe
- Team Ekon – Brenda Ekone
- Team Melo – Saidi “Carmelo” Amisi
- Team Afande – Henry Okoth
- Team Comfort – Leticia Comfort Awor
- Team Drileba – Tony Drileba
- Team Soro – Godfrey Soro
- Team Wazee – Assorted ex-players, fans