UCU Canons point guard Fayed Baale says that playing for the Silverbacks will be a dream come true.
The youngster is part of the Silverbacks team in Monastir, Tunisia set to represent Uganda at the second window of the 2021 FIBA Afrobasket Qualifiers.
“It has been unbelievable but the same time believable because you can’t just come on the national team, you have to work for it,” Bbale said.
“It has always been my dream to play for the national team.”
The stylish Bbale, caught everyone’s attention at the 2015 Junior NBA held in Uganda, credited the junior tourneys for moulding his future.
“The underage tournaments have helped me a lot, including playing in Mali where the other players’ skills level were better than ours.
“Coaches have always inspired me. When I was with Giants of Africa, coach Mande told me that I will make it to the National team, and he urged me to keep working hard.
“I have been told that it will not be easy for me by many people and I took it, I have managed to put up a strong competition, there are many point guards, and this competition has made me better.”
He says that he is in Monastir to “do what I do best.”
He also credited Coach Zed, coach Nicholas Natuhereza, Jimmy Enabu, Ben Komakech, Juuko Daniel among others for inspiration.
Baale started out at Berkley Reloaded in 2016 before joining LC Hoovers basketball club the following year.
In 2018, he joined Rez Life Basketball club and later secured a scholarship at UCU Canons in 2019.