AfroBasket 2021 qualifiers: Covid-19 hits Uganda Silverbacks camp, second window games postponed


Uganda Silverbacks’ FIBA AfroBasket second window qualifiers games have been postponed by FIBA

This is after five members of the Uganda Silverbacks returned positive results for COVID-19 after arriving in Monastir, Tunisia despite providing negative tests earlier on.

“Following the COVID-19 Protocol for FIBA Official National Team and Club Competitions and the advice of its Medical Commission, FIBA has decided to postpone the games of Uganda in the upcoming FIBA AfroBasket 2021 Qualifiers in Monastir, Tunisia, with the health and safety of players, coaches and officials being the primary consideration.” Part of FIBA statement read.

The announcement means that the Silverbacks games in this window will not take place due to health and safety purposes.

Uganda was due to take on Egypt in their opening game on February 18th before battling out with Morocco in the second game on February 20 and was to close their window with Cape Verde on February 21st .

FIBA also confirmed that the status of those postponed Silverbacks game will be decided at a later stage.

According to the Silverbacks media officer Brian Tuuka, the Ugandan management will look to return players with negative results back home while the rest will have to stay behind until they test negative.

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