Guard Keiran Zziwa. Courtesy photo
Federation of Uganda Basketball Association (FUBA) has summoned the 12-man Silverbacks squad for the rescheduled 2021 FIBA Afrobasket.
The Silverbacks participation at the qualifiers was halted before tip-off in February when FIBA discovered five positive COVID-19 cases in the Silverbacks camp in Tunisia.
The team was banished from Tunisia but FIBA later gave the Silverbacks the second chance when they rescheduled their qualification games.
With Egypt already qualified for the Kigali event from Group E, the three teams of Uganda, Morocco and Cape Verde have to scramble for the remaining two slots.
There are two new inclusions in Silverbacks squad from the team that was in Tunisia earlier in February.
Guard Keiran Zziwa of University of Manitoba Bistons and National Team Manager Hajji Santur’s son Mohamed Ghedi.
The two, part of the seven foreign based players on the team, will be set for their national team debuts.
Power forward Arthur Kaluma of Dream City Christian is part of the squad as well.
There are five local based players on the team, four of them coming from national powerhouse City Oilers.
Fayed Baale, Joseph Ikong and Caesar Kizito have been dropped.
Silverbacks are in search for one win to qualify for Afrobasket for a third straight appearance after 2015 and 2017.
They will face Morocco on July 15 in Rabat and a big loss for the side will see them extend their trip to Cape Verde.
It remains to be known whether cash strapped FUBA has acquired the funds to finance the campaign but they are expected to leave for Rabat on June 26.
Per the communication, the team will camp in Morocco for at least 10 days before tip off of the much awaited encounter.
The Silverbacks Squad:
Jimmy Enabu (City Oilers), Tonny Drilleba (City Oilers), James Okello (City Oilers), Ben Komakech (City Oilers), Titus Odeke Lual (UCU Canons), Robinson Odoch Opong (Canada), Eric Rwahire (Canada), Keiran Zziwa (Canada), Mohamed Ghedi Abdihakim (USA), John Deng Geu (Denmark(, Ishmail Wainwright (France), Arthur Kaluma (USA)