Silverbacks coach George Galanapolous is confident about the team’s chances at the second window of the 2021 FIBA Afrobasket Qualifiers due February 17-21 in Monastir, Tunisia.
Pitted alongside Morocco, Egypt and Cape Verde, Uganda finished second in the first window held in Alexandria Egypt.
Uganda will need to finish among the top three teams in Group E to qualify for the Afrobasket set in Kigali, Rwanda from August 24 to September 5, 2021.
Uganda will face the same opponents in Monastir and will need at least one win to qualify.
“We are confident in our team but there is a lot of work to be done between now and the games,” Galanopoulos said.
“We are facing very good opponents and each game will be very difficult, so we need to be ready.”
The Silverbacks squad of locally based players is currently training at Africa Bible University in Lubowa under coach Mandy Juruni.
Coach Galanapolous says that he is been in “close contact with the coaching staff as well as the players and everyone is working extremely hard.”
He added: “We expect changes from the team that played in the first window and we expect to be better and continue to improve moving forward.”
“We are very excited and grateful for the opportunity to play three games in Tunisia, it is something for which we are grateful and looking forward to.”
Uganda is targeting a third consecutive qualification to Afrobasket after appearances in 2017 and 2015.