NAIROBI, Kenya, August 26 — Ulinzi Warriors head coach Benjamin Mufutu will aim for the team’s sixth win of the season when they face Equity Dumas in a high-stakes tie as the National Basketball League resumes after a three-week break.
The Warriors have won five of their first six games of the season, their only blemish being a loss to KPA, the team that beat them to the title last season, although the results were swept away by a Disputes Court ruling athletes later.
The tactician expects a tough duel against the Bankers, who he says have shown improvement since they last met in the playoffs earlier this year.
“They are still fighting and we certainly expect a tough game from them. They have strengthened their squad and brought in good quality players and we expect them to fight,” Mufutu said. Sports Capital.
He added; “But we are still preparing to win and it is important to have the advantage over them in the first leg because we also want to improve in the standings. The guys are feeling good, we have been training well and the atmosphere is quite encouraging. We hope for the best.”
Among the players Equity signed at the start of the season were James Mwangi and guard Victor Bosire who played for the army last season.
In his first season since taking charge of William Balozi’s side, Mufutu says he is enjoying the job and looking forward to finishing it off with a win at the end of the season.
“It’s definitely a good challenge for me. There’s a lot to learn and I’m learning from guys who’ve been there before and sharing ideas. It’s been a good season so far,” he noted.
After six games, the tactician is hoping for more improvement from his proteges.
“Everyone is catching up, but there is still a lot to learn as we continue to work on our set game. Players have an idea of where we want them to be. Defensively, our boxing has been lacking but we will try to improve and also space out our games and share the ball,” he added.
The draw between the Warriors and the Dumas will be the only draw in the Premier League this weekend as basketball returns after a three-week break.
Ahead of the 4pm kick-off for the National Gymnasium in Nyayo on Sunday, there will be several Division 1 games with Footprints taking on Coastal Queens, Little Prince taking on Cabals Elisists and Absa playing against Neo Sasa.