SportsNation TV: Oilers Opens Up On Okello and Enabu Exit

Host Brian Kawalya speak to City Oilers General Manager Grace Kwizera

City Oilers General Manager Grace Kwizera has addressed the unexpected exits of James Okello and Jimmy Enabu, two long-serving players whose contributions have been integral to the team’s dominance in the National Basketball League (NBL).

Okello and Enabu, who have been key figures in securing nine league titles for the Oilers, parted ways with the club just a few match-days into the second round of the ongoing NBL season.

The news sent ripples through the basketball community, raising questions and concerns about the team’s future performance.

In an exclusive interview with SportsNation, Kwizera revealed that both players requested to leave after receiving lucrative offers from other clubs. Enabu is set to move to Burundi, while Okello is heading to Rwanda, though these deals are yet to be officially confirmed.

Kwizera firmly dismissed rumors suggesting that the departures were due to dissatisfaction over low payments, management issues, or limited playing time in the Basketball Africa League.

Reflecting on their departure, Kwizera acknowledged the immense contributions of both players but remained confident in the club’s ability to face the upcoming challenges.

“James and Jimmy have been pivotal to our success, but we are prepared to continue our title defense with the remaining talent and new strategies,” Kwizera stated.

Power forward Okello joined the Oilers in 2012 after completing his secondary education at Crane High School, and point guard Enabu followed a year later from Knight Riders. Together, they have been the backbone of the Oilers’ formidable lineup, driving the team to numerous victories and establishing a legacy of excellence.

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