Silverbacks Coach George Galanopoulos has often deduced confidence in his team even in times of painstaking adversity.
Making their third appearance at the Afrobasket tournament was a rollercoaster ride literally but the American gaffer has never shied away from heaping praise to this team setup.
Now the gaffer has joined Silverbacks camp in Kigali and it’s all systems go. He has envisaged big things at the tournament despite the side’s shambolic preps in the run-up to the tournament.
“I feel great to return and joining the team”, The gaffer noted upon arrival.
“There is positive energy about the group that you remember when we won against Morrocco last time out and it’s still within the team.”
How valuable that gritty ‘positive energy’ could once again prove at the tournament proper is left to be seen.
But with just four days to the start of Uganda’s campaign, the team haven’t held a training session together.
With expection of locally based players travelling to Rwanda on Wednesday, the foreign based players remained scattered untill candanian based duo of Robinson Opongo Odoch and Eric Rwahire joined Camp on Thursday.
But Galanopoulos remains unfazed by the orderal.
“There are no excuses and no room for bad day. We can achieve what we want as long as we work hard”, He stated.
The last two of the foreign based players Deng Geu and Ishmail Wainwright are expected to join camp on Monday. They will quarantine for one day pending return of negative Covid19 results.
The summon of US based Guard Adam Seiko has been the highlight in the Silverbacks camp so far and Galanopoulos says the youngster who turns out for San Diego Aztecs boasts qualities that can improve the team.
“He is good at shooting and defending as well as his leadership skills. He has played college basketball up to division 1,” the gaffer noted.
The Silverbacks’ three day quarantine ended on Saturday and are expected to have entered the bubble at Park inn Radisson.
Uganda will open their account on Wednesday against giants Senegal.