Extreme situations can only be resolved by resorting to equally extreme actions.
Pressed against the wall because of financial constraints, domestic basketball governing body Fuba has been forced to make several adjustments.
The key highlight was the cancellation of a proposed training camp in Alexandria ahead of the Fiba Africa Zone V Nations Championships in Egypt.
Details emerging indicate the federation is now set to reduce the number of foreign players expected to beef up the men’s team Silverbacks that is vying for the two available qualifying slots at the 2017 Afrobasket.
“Because of the circumstances we are likely to settle for two players rather than the four we had earlier wanted,” stated Fuba Vice President Nasser Serunjogi.
Consequently “big men” Stanley Ocitti and Darius Pegues (USA) are likely to be considered with John Baligwaire and Canada-based Robinson Odoch being dropped.
The former again misses out again having been dropped for the 2015 Afro Basket final tournament over naturalization rules despite playing and emerging MVP in the qualifiers held here.
The development will thus free up two more slots for the local based players with coach Mandy Juruni required to choose 10 from a pool of 12 who have been undergoing training over the past two weeks.
According to Serunjogi, Fuba intend to have both the men and women’s teams the Silverbacks and Gazelles, travel on Thursday ahead of the championship that will run March 12-18 in Egypt.That however depended on National Council of Sports (NCS), that had previously indicated to provide $33,000 , delivering airtickets as promised by close of business yesterday.