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3X3 World Cup Qualifiers: Imanishimwe Positive As Uganda Take On Hosts

Sunday, May 5
Australia Vs Estonia
Puerto Rico Vs Uganda
– 8:30 PM

Pool A Table

  1. Australia (2-0) – 37
  2. Uganda (1-1) – 23
  3. Puerto Rico (1-1) – 18
  4. Estonia (0-2) – 17

One of the members of the Gazelles team Rita Imanishimwe is confident that Uganda will skip Puerto Rico hurdle at the ongoing FIBA 3X3 World Cup Qualifiers.

Uganda had a mixed start on day, falling to Australia before bouncing back to beat Estonia.

“We stayed positive because clearly there are no second chances, started Imanishimwe who has now gathered ten points at the ongoing tourney. ” There is no time to sulk about any loss, we are a fast team and that worked to our advantage taking on Estonia.”

“We also put up a couple of shots that got us in a better position to compete.”

Reflecting on the opening loss against 2018 Asia Cup bronze medalists, the JKL Lady Dolphins shooting guard briefly said:

“Australia was way bigger than us. They took advantage of our sizes.”

Uganda will look to qualify for the 2019 FIBA 3×3 World Cup in Amsterdam starting on 11 June. And the feat will mean that Uganda will be playing at the event for the third time.

Uganda Premier will seek to take one of the three places available.

The Women category (just like Men’s) has two Pools, each with four teams.


“The team is ready to hustle, nothing is going to come easy,” added Imani ahead of a tough encounter with the hosts. There will be pressure from the stands but we are positive that what happens on court is what matters most.”

Speaking about her individual brilliance on day one, she clarified:
“It’s a motivation that’s gonna push me through the next game.”

Competition Format
The tournament features 8 teams from both genders.

Teams are divided into 2 pools of 4 teams playing in a round-robin first round against their 3 respective pool opponents. The pool winners are directly qualified for the Semi-Finals and the 2nd- and 3rd-placed teams in each pool will play a Quarter-Final with the winners advancing to the Semi-Finals. The winners of the Semi-Finals will be qualified directly to the FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2019, while the losers of the Semi-Finals will play a final game for the final spot in the FIBA 3×3 World Cup. No Final between the Semi-Finals winners will be played.

The top 3 teams in each gender will secure their ticket to the FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2019, which will be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands on June 18-23.

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