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Silverbacks Set to fly out Tonight After Late Government Intervention

The National Basketball team, the Silverbacks is expected to fly out tonight for the 2023 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers first window in Benguela, Angola.

This is the latest development after the Basketball Federation (FUBA) had stated that they had failed to secure funds from the Government to facilitate the trip.

FUBA President Nasser Sserunjogi has exclusively confirmed to The-Sportsnation that he held a meeting with Minsiter of Sports Hon Hamson Obua on Tuesday and they are likely to leave tonight.

“I had a meeting with Minister Hamson Obua last evening and a discussion with Bernard Ogwel and have promised me that they are going to solve the problem,” Sserunjogi told The-Sportsnation.

“That is the promise I have and hopefully it happens but we are in talks right now and they are trying to figure out a solution but what we have done is to go ahead with our planning and prepare the team and everything because if we are to go the team must leave tonight.

“Its now 50/50 but hopefully the team will travel tonight.”

Silverbacks during training at African Bible University

FUBA had earlier been informed by Government of Uganda through the National Council of Sports (NCS) that there was no money to support the team for the Qualifiers.

The Silverbacks, who faced similar situations prior to the Afrobasket recently in Kigali where they finished sixth, needs approximately Ugx380m to make the trip to Angola.

The players have been told to “get ready we may leave tonight.”

The local based players have been undergoing training on a daily basis at African Bible University in Lubowa.

Uganda are pitted in a Pool that has Nigeria, Mali and Cape Verde.


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