Kampala. With just over two weeks to the start of the Fiba Afrobasket tournament, domestic basketball governing body Fuba and the national team committee can breathe a sigh of relief.
This after government finally came good on their promise to fund the national basketball team ahead of the continental showpiece due September 8-16 in Senegal and Tunisia.
According to the national teams committee head Muhammed Santur, all that is now left is to sort the various logistics with the Shs420m ($120,000) secured to enable the team conduct a two week training camp in Egypt. “As a federation we are really grateful. We are now looking for the earliest flight to Egypt for the camp,” stated Santur who believes the team can improve on their 15th place finish at the 2015 edition in Tunisia.”
The committee was unable to start preparations at the start of the month, raising fears that they would only be able to secure the money after the team returned like was the case at the previous edition.
A team of 13 players to be coached by Mandy Juruni was selected including four foreign-based players Robinson Odoch, Samuel Kalwanyi , Stanley Ocitti, A’darius Pegues.
There is also a maiden call up for youngster Stanley Mugerwa who moved to Pemba Warriors at the start of the season.
There however remain doubts about the availability of former City Oilers’ centre Kalwanyi, who features for Wayland Baptist University in the US.
The Silverbacks are pitted against 2015 finalists Angola, Morocco and Central African Republic in Group B.