Wainright. Courtesy photo
Power forward Ishmail Wainright will miss the Silverbacks training camp in Cairo.
However, he will be able to arrive just on time to face Morocco in a crucial Afrobasket Qualifiers.
The team of local based players arrived safely in Cairo, Egypt where they hold a four-day camp before crossing over to Morocco for tie that will be played on July 8.
“The team arrived safely in Cairo, the local based players have teamed up with the foreign based players and all our coaches,” FUBA President Nasser Sserunjogi stated.
“So far we have 10 players, and by today (Wednesday) evening, Robinson Opong will be joining us to make a total of 11 players so far.”
“Ishmail Wainwright had just concluded his basketball season in France and he requested a few days off to visit his family before he joins the entire team.
“He will be joining us on the 5th of July direct in Morocco.”
Wainwright, who features for SIG Strasbourg in the LNB Pro, a top flight French League, played his last club game on June 24 where they lost 83-67 to Lyon in the semifinal.
He has averaged 11.6 rebounds and five rebounds in the 34 regular season games for the side.
He will be an integral member if Uganda is to beat Morocco to the place at the Afrobasket.
Ish, as commonly known, averaged 21.3 points as Uganda won two of three games during the first window last year in November.
Joining the team on July 5, just three days to the game, is a risky move given the Covid19 situation. Uganda were forced to vacate the bubble in February in Tunisia when they returned five positive tests.
Nasser said that the team will train every day for four days, two sessions that is morning and evening. Then on July 3rd travel to Morocco and prepare for the game on July 8.
He added: “We hope that everything goes on as planned, so far so good, we have had any issues so far, the team is in good spirit and we pray and hope that we put in a good performance for us to qualify for Afrobasket.”
The Afrobasket will be held in Kigali, Rwanda on 4 august to september 5, 2021.