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Basketball superstar Jimmy Enabu retires

Jimmy Enabu. Photo file

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At the height of his heavenly powers, legendary Jimmy Enabu retired from basketball.

What a sad day for sport. A dark day for the City Oilers. A great loss for the Uganda Silverbacks. A dagger in the hearts of basketball fans.

Enabu enrolled in a flight school to fulfill a family desire, a handwriting on the wall that he resisted for several years as he rewrote the pages of Ugandan basketball history.

Captain David Enabu, an accomplished pilot, is Jimmy’s father and always expected his son to join him in the revered flying craft.

Jimmy couldn’t resist any longer, almost suddenly pulling away – just as everyone expected him to lead another NBL Oilers and Zone V title run.

Jimmy, 31, had a normal basketball year, playing the entire 2019 regular season and Zone Five’s AfroChan campaign in Uganda, appearing quite the most explosive player in the NBL over the past seven seasons .

Who would have thought that we were watching the last days of a maestro? It all seems hard to believe, like a nightmare that will soon be over, but as Oilers general manager Santur Mohammed has confirmed, it really is the end.

“Jimmy is finished as a basketball player,” said a dispirited Mohammed New Vision Sport.

“He’s a good boy and he didn’t want to go against his family. He’s in class from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and he can’t leave Kajjansi to come and train with us in Luzira, so it’s over.”

Enabu retires as seven-time NBL champion, two-time Zone V club champion, two-time Afrobasket finalist, 2016 Zone V MVP, 2014 and 2016 Finals MVP, among many other accolades .

He retires as national captain, Oilers captain and Uganda’s top player.


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