There is much excitement ahead of this year’s Jovoc Open basketball tourney (Western Region Basketball Championship) slated for 29th Feb 2020 at St. Joseph’s Vocational School.
The most exciting Basketball tournament in the country is set to attract 45 teams from western and Central Uganda.
It is the only basketball tournament in the region that is organized every year by St Joseph’s vocational School and has been consistently successful for the last eight years.
Universities, Corporates, Clubs, Secondary schools will all participate in this tournament.
2019 Champions for Universities – Mbarara University are ready to defend their title this year against bitter Rivals Uganda Martyrs University Nkozi, Makerere University Business Sch, Fortportal City Basketball Club, Nakivale Basketball Club among others.
And for Secondary Schools, the 2019 Champions Nakivale Sec School from the Refugee Camp who shocked every body last year will battle it out with the Host Jovoc, Nyakasura School, Ntare Sch, Kabale Trinity College, Masaka SS and new Entrants Seroma Christian High School and Bethel Covenant College from Entebbe plus other 25 secondary school boys teams.
Another exciting entertainment is expected in the Girls category with the 2019 holders and National Secondary Schools Champions, All star Champions and All women Champions – St. Noa Sec Sch Zzana are expected to put a challenge to Exodus College, Maryhill High Sch, St. Mary’s College Rushoroza and other 8 girls teams.
“This is going to be the most attended tournament in the region and more is expected in terms of talent and skill development as we prepare for Regional Qualifiers and National Championship,” said Alex Byamukama, Jovoc Chairman organising committee.
“We have got enough Basketball courts to host all the games. However, we still have a challenge of Lack of regional officials Referees we have to import referees from Kampala and their facilotion is costly but however we have written to the Federation of Basketball Association (FUBA) to help us and fund the referees this year though FUBA has not yet responded.
“We still have a challenge of Sponsorship. We call upon more Companies to come on board and support this tournament.”