• July 6, 2020

Basketball: Egau Injury Compounds Uganda’s Misery

 Basketball: Egau Injury Compounds Uganda’s Misery

Men
Sunday, October 13
*Russia 14-11 Uganda
*Uganda – Brazil (W/O)

Women
Monday, October 14
*Uganda Vs China
*Indonesia Vs Uganda

Uganda’s campaign at the ongoing 2019 World Beach Games in Doha, Qatar got off to a bad start in Basketball 3X3 category.

The Men’s team, Silverbacks, lost 14-11 to Russia in a game whose main highlight saw Jonathan Egau got off injured.

Uganda travelled to Doha with three men players, instead of four, and hence no substitute. Egau’s injury meant that Uganda had to remain with two players on court.

The game brought a gesture of fair play after Egau’s injury on the left knee, the Russians decided to play the last four minutes with two players as well amid great ovation from the crowd.

Consequently, Uganda had to withdraw from their next game Vs Brazil and it’s not yet known whether they will honor their Tuesday fixture against Latvia. Brazil and Russia are through from the group after recording wins against Latvia each, as well.

Egau’s injury is a ‘learnt nothing and forgotten nothing’ situation for Uganda’s officials who forced the same situation in the recently concluded African games in Morocco where Uganda travelled with three Women players before Priscilla Abbey cramped her calf and Uganda had to play with two players!

The talented Egau has also saw failed to establish himself in the City Oilers team due to injuries since joining from UCU Canons.

Against Russia, Egau made one point, Henry Okoth and Fayed Baale scored seven and three points respectively as a Russian team of Ivan Temples, Daniel Abramov, Vasiliy Berdnikov and Dmitry Cheburkin cruised.

The Women team, Gazelles, made up of Rita Imanishimwe, Abbey, Sarah Ageno and Melissa Akullu will are in group B in the women category alongside China, Indonesia and Togo.

The inaugural games are being played at the Katara beach until October 16.

Brian Kawalya

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