FUBA Reschedules National Basketball League Finals

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The Federation of Uganda Basketball Association FUBA has been forced to reschedule two basketball match finals due to lack of a venue

The Federation of Uganda Basketball Association (FUBA) has been forced to reschedule two basketball match finals due to lack of a venue.

FUBA, which runs the country's National Basketball League (NBL), had scheduled two final games, game 5 of men's finals between defending champions City Oilers and Betway Power and a ladies game between Uganda Christian University (UCU) lady canons and JKL Dolphins for Sunday 14th.

However, the finals will not take place due to lack of a venue. The Lugogo MTN Arena suitable for basketball games has been booked.

According to FUBA President Ambrose Tashobya, they thought the venue was free until they were told that the arena was booked for their function on Sunday.

Tashobya says it is rather unfortunate that the only venue was taken. He, however, says that their hope now is the new Makerere (MAK) Arena. 

"Of course it is very disappointing to only push games due to lack of venue when everyone is ready for the game. We are considering the new Makerere Arena as an option for our future sporting facility and this place is being designed accordingly" Tashobya said in an interview.

FUBA has accordingly rescheduled the games and apologized to the fans. 

"Due to unavoidable circumstances we shall not have games for NBL on Sunday 14th October 2018 as earlier scheduled, Therefore Game 1 for the Ladies and Game 5 for the Men will be played on Wednesday 17th October 2018 respectively" the communication reads.

Five times champions City Oilers already lead the NBL best of 7 series 4-1 against Betway Power, while UCU and Just Kip Living (JKL) will start with game one.

Lujoba Victor, a basketball supporter says it is unfortunate that FUBA struggles with facilities and cannot also get their games well planned. He says in many cases this has affected the turn up of fans for the specific games since they get confused on venues and dates.

It is not the first time games are being called off due to lack of a venue. On several cases, regular season games have been cancelled or taken elsewhere due to unavailability of YMCA Arena and Lugogo MTN arena, which hosts functions like parties, prayers and among others.

FUBA has taken games to as far as Uganda Christian University in Mukono and Kampala International University in Kansanga.


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