The Kyambogo native could be that hot-cold-hot player but Riham Warrior’s Mr Reliable Ronnie Kasewu has ever been named on the Rookie team, all Defensive and season MVP among others but Kasewu could not make the 24-man team of Ugandan players to take on foreign players.
Kasewu’s role in Warriors revamp at the end of the 2013 season first round was almost impeachable. But the 2013 Airtel National Basketball League (ANBL) All-Star Game starting lineups and reserves are finalized and such a player lost his booth. Barring an injury replacement for 24 selected players, there will be no changes come July 26 when the games tip off.
It seems every season there are some snubs that cause discourse amongst ANBL junkies, but this year, there are also a few stalwarts who finally had their long-standing streaks of appearances snapped.
Paul Odongo (Power), Jonathan Otim (Ndejje), Boniface Okello (UCU) and Isaac Kamya (Charging Rhinos) are some of the big names that join Kasewu and will be missed at the midseason event in MTN Arena Lugogo. Lady stars like Sylvia Nakazibwe (A-1), Suzan Amito (KIU), Francis Nabulobi (UCU) and Ruth Nakitto (KIU) also didn’t make the cut.
With the first round of the Airtel sponsored League (NBL) coming to an end on Wednesday, stars like Eddie Kateregga, Francis Kasekende and Isaac Afidra who have been on the fringes of the national side recently have been called up to the All Star squad with the national team in mind. The foreign teams will be coached by Henry Mwinuka for the men while Jeff Omondi will handle the ladies’ team.
The game All Star game is scheduled to be played this Friday at YMCA 2013 FUBA All Star teams
UGANDA: Cyrus Kiviiri (UCU Canons), Ivan Enabu (Riham Warriors), Jimmy Enabu (City Oil), Stephen Omony (Galaxy Falcons), Francis Kasekende (KIU Titans), Joseph Ikong (DMARK Power), James Okello (City Oil), Isaac Afidra (DMARK Power), Edwin Katerega (KIU Titans), Geoffrey Soro (Ndejje Univ. Angels), Henry Malinga (Riham Warriors) and Ivan Lumanyika (UCU Canons).
INTERNATIONAL: Sudi Ulanga (UCU Canons), Jeff Omondi (Galaxy Falcons), Abdul Rahaman (Galaxy Falcons), Chris Omanye (KIU Titans), Bonfils Nahimana (KIU Titans), Brian Oduor (Ndejje Angels), Maige Yunzu (Riham Warriors), Phillip Ameny (Galaxy Falcons), Ramadhan Arou (City Oilers), Kami Kabange (City Oilers), Michael Kariuki (Riham Warriors) and Desmond Owili (UCU Canons).
UGANDA: Angella Namirimu (UCU Lady Canons), Flavia Oketcho (KCCA Leopards), Judith Nansobya (KIU Rangers), Maureen Amoding (UCU Lady Canons), Hatima Kassim (A1 Challenge), Victoria Nantale (A1 Challenge), Monica Siima (KCCA Leopards), Claire Lamunu (KCCA Leopards), Carol Nyafwono (Magic Stormers), Elizabeth Kiiza (A1 Challenge), Martha Soigi (KCCA Leopards) and Peace Proscovia (UCU Lady Canons).
INTERNATIONAL: Evelyn Adhiambo (UCU Lady Canons), Brenda Mbone (UCU Lady Canons), Mishi Jomane (Crane High Ladies), Ashura Jahid (Crane High Ladies), Virginia Awino (UCU Lady Canons), Aurore Irakoze (KIU Rangers), Nasra Uwamahoro (Magic Stormers), Gudbjorg Hakonardottir (A1 Challenge), Aisha Kamana (Magic Stormers), Marion Esther (Nkumba Lady Marines), Lorraine Akinyi (UCU Lady Canons) and Purity Odhiambo (UCU Lady Canons).