South Sudan’s Ugandan born player David ‘Dikong’ Deng Kongoror has pulled out of Silverbacks squad preparing for the Afrobasket Qualifiers in Lugogo.
Dikong was part of the 12 local based players summoned by the national team committee as Uganda gears up for the showdown in Alexandria, Egypt in November 27-29.
The team started training on October 6, 2020 with a non residential camp under coach Mande Juruni and Brian Wathum.
However, Dikong, has not stepped foot in Lugogo, an indicator that he has declined the offer to play for Uganda.
“I pulled out,” the lanky small forward has told The-SportsNation. “It is a personal issue, there is nothing much.”
“I will be playing for South Sudan, home is home, that’s why.”
He was born in Arua to South Sudanese parents.
He studied his Primary at Arua Public Primary School (West Nile) before joining St Joseph College Ombaci at O’level (Arua). He later moved to Buddo SS for A’level where he played for Giant Stomers.
In his A’level vacation, Dikong played for Destiny Phenoms before joining UCU Canons.
Playing for UCU Canons, Dikong’s abilities and form attracted the attention of the sectors. He guided the Canons to the National Basketball League Final playoffs where they lost to City Oilers in a game seven.
Dikong was first called to the Uganda National team last year as the team prepared to host FIBA Zone five but he didn’t make the final grade.
The Federation of Uganda Basketball Association is yet to make a statement about the developments.
Uganda is pitted alongside Egypt, Morocco with a fourth to be determined after a Pre-Qualifier that will be held in Cameroon, where South Sudan is part, this month.