Forward Caesar Kizito says that he thought he was not good enough but kept pushing after he was left out on various occasions in the national team squad.
Kizito finally got his prayers answered recently when he was summoned to the team and later made the final squad for the second window of the 2021 FIBA Afrobasket Qualifiers.
The team is currently in Monastir, Tunisia ahead of the showdown due February 17-21.
“The feeling is indescribable, itts a dream come true and am really very excited,” Kizito told The-SportsNation.
Kizito, who prefers to call himself ‘Da Future’, says that the opponents have to know that he is in the house and he is looking forward to any assignment he will receive from the coaches and defending some of the known scorers on the continent.
There was public outcry across the social media when Kizito was snubbed for the first window in Alexandria.
The cries were justified by Kizito’s strong performances he displayed in the domestic league with Sharing Youth in the past season.
He remembers: “It made me believe am not so good as I thought. so it was just humbling for me. I kept working on my craft and believing that its going to pass. And here I am. First time am summoned and then make the final team.”
“What kept me going is that yes I dreamt of representing my motherland but it’s not the ultimate goal. Every time I step on the floor, the aspire to inspire by being better everyday.
I would love to hear a kid say he/she plays basketball because he or she saw me play.”
Having won two of the three games in the first window, Kizito and the rest of the team are in a good position to seal a slot in the Afrobasket championship in Kigali due August 24 to September 5.
On the team’s chances, Kizito says: “We have a very big opportunity to qualify for Afrobasket. The team got big results from the first window and it was not a mistake.”
“There is lot of work to be done and believe me the players and the coaching staff are doing whatever it takes to prepare the team the best way possible.
“To qualify, we need to continue being the underdogs we were in the first window, play tough, aggressive defense as a team and all will be fine.”