Uganda to Field Male, Female Teams in FIBA U16 Africa Championship

The Federation of Uganda Basketball Associations (FUBA) has sent two teams, the Junior Silverbacks (Boys) and Junior Gazelles (Girls), to participate in the FIBA U16 Africa Championship in Monastir, Tunisia from July 13-23.

The teams were flagged off Wednesday at the National Council of Sports complex in Lugogo after undergoing training at the YMCA, Wandegeya, and Nakasero Primary School grounds.

Coaches Michael Seger and John Omondi, along with their team of associate coaches, have been leading the training sessions.

Initially, there were concerns about FUBA’s ability to support the teams during the tournament. However, FUBA announced its participation and assured their support and backing for the teams, laying these worries to rest.

The teams will depart for Monastir on July 12, 2023, via Emirates Airlines. Their objective is to finish among the top teams in order to qualify for next year’s World Championships.

The tournament will also serve as a qualifier for the FIBA U17 World Championship 2024. The winners and runners-up in both the Boys’ and Girls’ categories will secure their spots in the World Cup. The Boys’ team qualified for the tournament as champions in the FIBA U16 Zone Five qualifying tournament held in Kigali, Rwanda last month.

The Girls’ team earned their spot by finishing fourth in the previous edition of the FIBA U16 Africa Championship in Egypt. This will be the Boys’ second appearance in the championship, following their debut in the 2021 edition in Egypt.

The Junior Gazelles, on the other hand, will be participating for the third time, having finished fifth in Rwanda in 2019 and fourth in Tunisia in 2021.

FUBA’s General Secretary, Hudson Ssegamwenge, expressed confidence in the Ugandan teams’ abilities, noting that their success in the qualifiers in Kigali has instilled belief in the players that they belong on the big stage.

“I am confident that the teams will qualify for the U17 world championships due next year,” Ssegamwenge said.

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