After weeks of pleading for funds from the Government, Federation of Uganda Basketball Association has had their prayers answered.
National Council of Sports (NCS) has handed Sh340m to FUBA President Nasser Sserunjogi to facilitate Silverbacks campaign for the upcoming 2021 Afrobasket.
NCS General Secretary Bernard Ogwel gave out the funds in a sack to Nasser Sserunjogi on Monday during a briefing at Lugogo.
The team flies out on Tuesday for the tournament due August 24 to September 5 in Kigali.
“I thank the leadership of FUBA for having done everything to see that our National basketball team qualifies amidst all the struggles for the tournament in Kigali,” said Ogwel.
“As Government, we have been part of this journey since the first window in November last year and you all saw what happened.
“But even during Covid19 when we did not have funds, FUBA manager to dig deep into their pockets and solicit funds. And the team beat Morocco to qualify.”
“Therefore, I am happy to inform you that as Government, we are funding their Afrobasket campaign in Rwanda 100% – We are paying Sh234m for the Rwanda campaign and Sh105m for the preparations.”
“The President (Nasser) has already informed that the team is in good condition. Despite late release of funds, we are hoping that the team represents us fully and effectively.”
FUBA receives the amount just eight days before the tournament tips off in Kigali.
“We want to thank the Government for this timely intervention,” started a calm Sserunjogi who visibly spoke with mixed emotions.
“They have come at a time when our national team participation was under threat. This is a good gesture and I could not have imagined missing out.
“We wanted to camp in Alexandria but all that has not been possible. Regardless of the circumstances, I am very sure we are going to compete and reach the quarters because we have a good team.”
FUBA had earlier borrowed funds from Money Lenders to facilitate the second window, and NCS has promised to work on that issues as well in the near future.
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