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We Have To Work Hard – Mandy Juruni

Silverbacks coach Mandy Juruni says that the team has to work hard to qualify for the 2021 FIBA Afrobasket due August 24 to September 5, 2021 in Rwanda.

The team has been training at Africa Bible University in Lubowa ahead of the Second Window of the qualifiers that tip off in February 19-21, 2021 at a yet-to-be confirmed venue.

Juruni currently has a full squad after the return of Joseph Ikong and Tonny Drilleba who missed a couple of training sessions.

“Right now we are still concentrating on players getting back in game mode especially,” he started.

Reflecting on the previous weeks of training, Juruni added:

“The fitness levels is not bad, we have been training since towards the end of last year and this the continuation of those sessions that we had, so now we are at a stage where we want to concentrate on our plays.

“We will be well prepared when we get into the camp and have everyone training together, so at the moment we have 12 players who are training here, obviously we will have a camp later that should get us to where we really want.

“Its good for us, once we have numbers at training the guys really compete hard and training sessions really show that everyone is putting in effort but when the numbers are very small its somehow affects our training plans.

“Its good to have Ikong and Drilleba back, hopefully we have all the 12 guys to push on until the end of this month.

“We work both on individual one-on-one defense, team defense and transition defense – that has to be worked on every training that we have.”

The Silverbacks finished the first window second of the Group having won two of three games in Alexandria.

The side lost the opener against Egypt before overcoming Morocco and Cape Verde.

Uganda will hence need at least one win in the Second Window to qualify for the Afrobasket for the third straight attempt.

Juruni added: “The players are very focused in training, they know what lies ahead, we know that the second round is always tough, so mentally physically we prepare ourselves because we are not comfortable where we are.

“We still think that we can do more and we always going to push that because every game we are going to play is not going to be easy for us, so we have to work hard.”


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