The Ugandan Men’s basketball team, the Silverbacks have been flagged off to Tunisia by the National Council of Sports for the second window of the FIBA 2021 AfroBasket qualifier games.
At an event held at the NCS offices in Lugogo, Dr.Donald Rukare flagged off the team and said he is optimistic of the team’s success in Tunisia.
“The team has that potential to win the games in Tunisia and that one win we need, it only shows us that we are going to be in Kigali, our team is that good for the challenge.” Donald Rukare said at the flag-off ceremony
Furthermore, the general secretary of NCS revealed that he has happy that them as the government has done what ever is needed to ensure that the team is in good shape financially ahead of the tourney.
” Am very happy that we as the government have approved 330m for this trip and all the players have undergone COVID-19 tests and luckily, non has returned positive so it is a big boost to our team traveling to Tunisia”
The Silverbacks contingent will depart the country today at 4pm aboard the Emirates Airlines ahead of a prepared training camp in Monastir.
The Silverbacks head into the second qualification window in Tunisia scheduled for February 18th to 21st with two wins garnered against Morocco and Cape Verde in the first window which took place in Alexandria, Egypt last year.
After the second window, the national teams that finish in the first three places of each group qualify for the 30th edition of Africa’s premier basketball competition, which will take place in the Rwandan capital of Kigali from August 24 to September 5.
Ben Komakech (City Oilers), Tony Drileba (City Oilers), Fayed Bbale (UCU Canons), Jimmy Abraham Enabu (City Oilers), Joseph Ikong Anyuru (Power), James Okello (City Oilers), Titus Lual Odeke (UCU Canons) and Cesar Kizito (Sharing Youth Saints)
Robinson Opong, Deng Gau, Ismail Wainwright, Eric Rwahwire, and Arthur Kaluma.