Uganda’s games at the second window of the ongoing 2021 FIBA Afrobasket Qualifiers have been postponed.
The development has been confirmed by FIBA, after the team’s Covid19 results brought five positive tests.
The news comes just an hour before Uganda face Egypt in their opening group E encounter.
The first game saw Morocco beat Cape Verde 69-72.
A statement on FIBA website read in part:
“Following the COVID-19 Protocol for FIBA Official National Team and Club Competitions and the advice of its Medical Commission, FIBA has decided to postpone the games of Uganda in the upcoming FIBA AfroBasket 2021 Qualifiers in Monastir, Tunisia, with the health and safety of players, coaches and officials being the primary consideration.
The decision was taken after five members of the Uganda delegation tested positive to COVID-19 after arriving to Monastir, despite delegation members having provided earlier negative tests.”
Egypt, on Wednesday, confirmed that all their players had tested negative for Covid19.
FUBA have not revealed the names of the players/officials who tested positive.
Silverbacks, after Egypt was scheduled to face Morocco on Saturday before facing Cape Verde the following day.
This is a big blow for the country that had finished second after the first Window and needed just one win to return to Afrobasket for a third straight time.
What Next For The Silverbacks
Team media officer Brian Tuka has said that the management will be looking to get the available players back home.
The players/officials who tested positive will be isolated back in Monastir until they test negative.
It looks unlikely that FIBA will arrange games for Uganda to play her group E opponents – Egypt, Morocco and Cape Verde.
A boardroom decision where the three remaining teams are given tickets, seems very likely.
FIBA has stated that they will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and communicate any further updates regarding its competitions if necessary.
The Afrobasket championship is due 24 August to 5 September 2021 in Kigali, Rwanda.