JKL Lady Dolphins have on Friday left to Dar Es Salam to represent Uganda at this year’s FIBA Africa Champions Cup – Zone Five.
This will be the first time in the club’s history to play at a regional meet. They reached this milestone after winning the 2018 National Basketball League (NBL) title.
Uganda was supposed to be represented by two women clubs but 2018 NBL beaten finalists UCU Lady Canons shunned the offer as they have other upcoming international University basketball engagements.
JKL will miss the services of Stella Oyella who is with the She Cranes (National Netball team) in South Africa for the Africa Netball Championship.
Consequently, JKL has acquired three UCU players – Zainah Lokwameri, Sarah Ageno and Rose Akon.
Back to back NBL regular season MVP Brenda Ekone, who plies her trade with Nkumba Lady Marines has also been added to the roster.
“We have had good preparations,” JKL Coach Henry Malinga told the-SportsNation.com. “We have add four additions to boost our experience because they have played on the national team while Sarah and Zainah have had experience at this level as well.”
“Our intentions are to give it our all and represent the nation.”
Coach Mandy Juruni, who is already with City Oilers in Tanzania for the Basketball Africa League qualifiers, will be the head coach.
Malinga, Kabantu Kadipa and Sarah Akoto completes the technical team.
JKL will seek to finish among the top two teams to have a chance of qualifying at the Africa Championship Cup later this year in Mozambique.
JKL Lady Dolphins Roster:
Ageno Sarah, Akello Hope Agnes, Atulinda Moreen, Ekone Brenda, Gimono Hope, Imanishimwe Ritah, Lokwameri Zainah Angellah, Macuei Akon Rose Paul, Nakirijja Peace, Nakitende Brenda, Nakiyingi Evelyne, Namirimu Angella, Namuwaya Muhayimina, Oketcho Flavia.