In brief: After a strong start in a shock victory against hosts Rwanda, Tanzania have now lost two games in a row and now face unbeaten Uganda who will all but seal their qualification to FIBA Africa U16 Championship with a win.
Thursday, June 13
*Girls: Tanzania 54-61 Rwanda
Friday, June 14
Girls: Uganda vs Tanzania – 6:00 PM
Saturday, June 15
Girls: Rwanda vs Uganda
Boys: Uganda vs Rwanda
Uganda’s junior gazelles will return to action on Friday after a day’s rest.
The team will face Tanzania, who lost 54-61 to hosts Rwanda in the only game played on Thursday.
Uganda who are yet to lose a game in the girls category, two wins from as many games, will all but seal their FIBA Africa U16 Championship slot if they beat Tanzania.
It should be noted that Rwanda will host the FIBA U16 Championship and their slot is already guaranteed.
The tussle is between Uganda and Tanzania on who will represent Zone five region, after Egypt, Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia and South Sudan failed to make the ongoing championship in Kigali.
Coach Roger Sserunyigo and Harriet Lubowa will hope the best from their team but especially for stars Regina Ajuma, Maria Najjuma and Shilla Aber Lamunu to be at their best.
“We still have advantage that Tanzania were warn out by Rwanda today,” started Coach Sserunyigo in an exclusive interview with this website on Thursday. “We observed a couple of weak areas of Tz and so did the Gazelles.They want the win and I have revealed to my players that this game is the real final.
“We have tried to dissect ways to stop the their best players and other defenses which we already tried out on Rwanda’s game.”
Uganda beat Tanzania 58-39 before overcoming Rwanda 63-55.
Last year, Uganda qualified to play at the FIBA Africa U16 held in Mozambique via a wild card, the third time as the country did qualify in 2008 and 2016.
In 2018, Uganda came bottom after suffering all group B losses against Mali, Angola and DR Congo.