Silverbacks coach Mande Juruni has defended the decision to include new faces in the squad preparing for Afrobasket Qualifiers.
UCU Canons trio Fayed Bbale, David Deng Kongor and Titus Lual Odeke have received their first calls.
For the foreign legion, Eric Rwahire and Ishmail Wainwright based in Canada and USA respectively, have been included in the team.
“There is no doubt about what Fayed, Deng and Titus have done with UCU. They put up impressive performances with the UCU canons last season,” Juruni told Journalists at Hotel Africana.
“For Eric (Rwahire), we have followed him for the last two years, has has so many good attributes we lack as a team, he is a good guard and shooter, we want to have consistent shooters and with him, we have everything we want.”
“Ishmail is a forward, he is very aggressive, will give us presence in the paint and he can create his own shots.”
Syrus Kiviiri is injured after undergoing knee surgery, Ivan Lumanyika is reportedly out of the country while Brandon Ssebirumbi is unavailable due to a busy schedule with his club.
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Eric Rwahwire – His full names are Eric Agaba-Akiiki Rwahwire, he was at the University of Toronto, in Canada last season.
He played at the UC-Riverside Highlanders for three years. He attended Saddleback Valley Christian School in San Juan Capistrano California where he helped the side to four League championships from as many years.
He has this year joined Hamilton Honey Badgers that plays in Canada CEBL League.
Ishmail Wainwright – He is a six foot six power forward.
The 24-year old, born in Kansas City, started out at Montrose Christian School and played at Baylor (NCAA).
He has played in France with Rasta Vechta and Germany with Nurnberg Falcons and Rasta Vechta where he averaged 10.5 points and 5.8 rebounds.
He recently joined France’s SIG Strasbourg in Jeep Elite on a one-year deal where he has averaged 16 points from the two games so far against Le Mans and Chalon.