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Galanopoulos On Morocco Win, Cape Verde Game and FUBA Management

Friday, November 27
*Egypt 96-77 Uganda
*Morocco 73-80 Cape Verde

Saturday, November 28
*Uganda 94-90 Morocco
*Cape Verde 82-91 Egypt

Sunday, November 29
*Uganda Vs Cape Verde – 6:30pm
*Morocco Vs Egypt – 8:30pm


Silverbacks coach George Galanopoulos has commended his team after a stunning 94-90 against Morocco on Saturday.

Robinson Opong scored 29 points, Jimmy Enabu had 16 while Deng Geu and Ishmail Wainwright contributed 14 points each to the win.

Game Face: Robinson Opong. FIBA

“The key was staying together throughout the game, we managed to move the ball well and we didn’t turn the ball over many times as it was against Egypt,” Galanopoulos said.

“We were out rebounded, we needed to box out but we did shoot the ball well.”

The Driver: Ishmail Wainwright squeezing his way forward. FIBA

The Silverbacks coach took time to hail the FUBA management for putting all pieces together to see that the team plays including a ten-day training in Alexandria amidst all the financial struggles back at home.

“The key to all this is the management right from Nasser (Sserunjogi) down to Haji Mohammad Santur, Grace Kwizera and Albert Ahabwe. They are the core of our management. They are the reason we are here, they worked tirelessly to reach this place through getting funds for everything. They have made sure that this team runs basically.

Game Plan: Coach George Galanopoulos
The Brains: Kwizera, Santur and Sserunjogi. FIBA

“I have so much respect for what they do and their commitment to their country. I am just happy that they are part of this, and this is what happens (the win) when you get good people and surround them with talented players, something like this happens.”

Next for the Silverbacks is a tricky tie against group E’s dark horses Cape Verde on Sunday. Cape Verde beat Morocco before losing it late against Egypt.

“They are a very talented side, energetic and very spirited team. This third game in three days is always the toughest no matter what. Its going to be a dog fight, but we do respect every one of our opponents. We are looking forward for the challenge.”

The Machine: Ivan Almeida (left) of Cape Verde. FIBA

Cape Verde will rely on Ivan Almeida who has averaged 23.5 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists. Jeffrey Nunes Xavier and Anderson Correira are the other members of the team to watch out.

Statistical comparison between Uganda and Cape Verde from two opening games faced against Egypt and Morocco

Enabu Proud:
Jimmy Enabu is leading the boys in a high profile qualification tourney after veteran Stephen Omony’s injury.

Accuracy: Jimmy Enabu on the line. FIBA

“It’s amazing every time I step on court to represent Uganda. It comes with a sense of pride and being here is a big deal for us, beating Morocco means a lot.

“I am really proud to be part of this team, especially at such a moment in time.

“Cape Verde is a good team, aggressive, very ambitious like us but we are ready to face them.”

Through Thick and Thin: Uganda’s Emmanuel Mugenga supporting the team, ruled out after injury (Torn ACL). FIBA

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