Uganda’s Gazelles and the two U18 teams reached the semifinals of the ongoing FIBA 3X3 Africa Cup hosted in Kampala at the Hockey grounds in Lugogo.
The Gazelles – Brenda Ekone, Rita Imanishimwe, Zainah Lokwameri and Hope Akello – put up strong performances on day two that left the crowd on it’s feet.
The Gazelles beat Nigeria 18-15 in the first game before squeezing past neighbours Kenya 13-11 in a nerve wrecking affair to storm the semis.
The side will face Egypt, whose star performer Soraya Mohammed is expected to give the girls hard time.
In the U18 Categories, Uganda’s boys beat Burundi 13-8 and Nigeria 21-13 to finish second behind Nigeria in Pool B and will face Egypt in the semis.
The Girls (U18), inspired by Fildauce Namulema and Maria Najjuma, got routine wins against DRC (15-13), Botswana (17-6) and Burundi (21-3) to reach semis.