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Afrobasket Qualifiers: Galanopoulos Predicts Tough Campaign

Coach George Galanopoulos has predicted a tough campaign for the Silverbacks at the forthcoming Afrobasket Qualifiers in Alexandria, Egypt.

The Silverbacks were drawn in Group E of the Qualifiers alongside hosts Egypt, Morocco and Cape Verde.

The Qualifiers are due November 27-29 at Kamal Shalaby venue.

Uganda open with Egypt, a side that beat them 73-64 last year in Kampala at the AFROCAN Qualifiers.

They then face Morocco who beat them 79-70 in the 2017 Afrobasket, before the last game against Cape Verde.

“Every single game is going to be tough, its going to be a grind, starting with Egypt they have a good roster on paper, Morocco is rock-solid and Cape Verde is on the rise as well,” said coach Galanopoulos.

“No opponent should be taken for granted and every game is important, so we are going to approach each game as such, hopefully we can come out on the right side.”

Silverbacks coach George Galanopoulos. Courtesy

This will be the first window of the Qualifiers before the second round next year in February 19-21 at a yet-to-be determined venue.

The top three teams from the group will automatically qualify to the FIBA AfroBasket 2021 to be held in Rwanda.

The Silverbacks have been in Alexandria since November 14, and coach Galanopoulos is impressed with the progress of his side.

“Training is going on well, we almost have a full team, we are almost at full strength, the guys are training hard, and we are looking forward to seeing a lot of progress,” he added.

“This squad is a lot bit deeper, we have many returning players both local and foreign-based, and a couple of new faces as well.

“We have a lit bit of more shooting and versatility, I am excited to see how the style of play will fit this personnel and vice versa.”

Deng Geu and Ishmail Wainwright are expected to report in camp tonight.

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