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Two Out As Silverbacks Finally Start Afrobasket Preps

Uganda’s men national basketball team finally tipped off their preparations for the second window of the 2021 FIBA Afrobasket Qualifiers.

The side was initially set to start training on December 15 last year but the Federation had not cleared with National Council of Sports about SOPs guidelines.

The team has on Monday January 4 had an afternoon session at Africa Bible University in Lubowa under coach Mandy Juruni.

Caesar Kizito. (Mugabi Don photo)

Small forward Joseph Ikong missed the session after losing his Aunt while shooting guard Tonny Drilleba is still in the village for some personal reasons.

Sharing Youth’s explosive forward Caesar ‘Da Future’ Kizito was part of the squad alongside Peter Obleng.

The team will train for four days a week – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

The training comes at the back of an impressive campaign in the first window that saw Uganda win two of the three games.

The side lost the opener against Egypt but beat Morocco and Cape Verde in Alexandria to occupy second place.

About six foreign based players may be added to beef the squad for the second window due February 19-21 at a yet to be confirmed venue.

If Uganda finish inside the top three in a four-team group, they will qualify to Afrobasket for the third straight edition.

The Afrobasket will be held in Kigali Arena, from August 24 to September 5, 2021.

Silverbacks players training at Africa Bible University in Lubowa. (Don Mugabi)

The Silverbacks Squad of Local Based players that trained on Monday:

Jimmy Abraham Enabu (City Oilers), Benjamin Komakech (City Oilers), James Okello (City Oilers), Titus Odeke Lual (UCU Canons), Stanley Mugerwa (Warriors), Innocent Ochera (JKL Dolphins), Fayed Bbale (UCU Canons), Ceaser Kizito (Sharing Youth), Ivan Muwhezi (City Oilers), Peter Obleng (KIU Titans)

Coaches – Mandy Juruni, Andrew Tendo


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