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Juruni Expresses Confidence in Silverbacks Squad

Silverbacks coach Mande Juruni believes that the summoned players will do all it takes to take Uganda to 2021 FIBA Afrobasket.

A squad of 12 players was named on Thursday for the Afrobasket Qualifiers where Uganda will face Morocco and Cape Verde next month.

Uganda’s Afrobasketball qualifiers were postponed by FIBA due to health-related reasons.

The five members of the Uganda delegation tested positive to Covid-19 after arriving in Monastir, Tunisia in February.

The team will leave Uganda on June 26th, have a 10-day camp in Morocco before the game on July 15.

“We have a very good team and the 10 days we are going to camp in Morocco will help us prepare better and as it stands now, we need to win one game out of the two games we are supposed to play, we need to beat Morocco and qualify. If we lose, then we have to travel to face Cape Verde,” said Juruni.

“We fancy our chances, we have played these teams before and we are very confident that we have a very big chance to qualify.”

The summoned squad has seven foreign based players including debutants Keiran Zziwa, Mohammed Ghedi and Arthur Kaluma.

“In terms of preparations, everyone has been active for their respective teams. We have been in lockdown for about five days but we told the players to keep in shape because we have a 10-day camp to prepare well,” he added.

“About the foreign based players, all of them are active in their teams, so in terms of shape, I believe all the 12 players are going to be in right conditions and will be ready.

“We have added a few players like Keiran Zziwa, he is a guard who plays one and two, he is very quick and is a good shooter from the outside, good one-on-one defender, I believe he will help a lot in that department as you know from the last window we had about two guards Tonny (Drilleba) and Jimmy (Enabu) who were doing that primary job of bringing down the ball and having another guard is good and will help to bring good energy in the game.

“Arthur (Kaluma) didnt play the last time because of what happened the other time. He is 6’8 forward, he brings depth and experience of playing at a high level. He is a good perimeter shooter and slasher. He is got everything really.

“Ghedi (Mohammed) is another big player. He is Santur’s son who is our General Manager. He is a 6’11 centre. Who has played college basketball at a high level. He brings in that height and depth to the team. We are expecting a lot from him.”

Aside from the new additions, the foreign legion also has Ishmael Wainwright who averaged 21.3 points as Uganda won two from three during the first window.

Robinson Opong, Deng Geu and Eric Rwahire are the other foreign based players on the team.


Brian Kawalya

Brian Kawalya

Chief Sports Writer
Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.
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