Uganda Faces Nigeria In Basketball World Cup Qualifier

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The Uganda National Basketball team the Silverbacks are ready to faceoff with Nigeria,Mali and Rwanda in the World Cup Qualifiers game in Mali, Coach Mandy Juruni has said.

The Uganda National Basketball team, the Silverbacks are ready to face-off with Nigeria, Mali and Rwanda in the World Cup Qualifiers that start in Bamako, Mali today, Coach Mandy Juruni has said.

Skippered by Steven Omony Uganda will be up against Nigeria in the first-leg of Group B today.

Coach Mandy Juruni says although the teams they are facing are big in size and more experience, his team has greatly improved over time and have gained experience.Juruni says they will focus on team unity and a quick game.

Juruni says they are ready to play the tough teams since they have a great team of both local and international players.He says so far endurance and toughness has been improved in the team.

He says there need is to finish in the first three places in the group, to progress to the next level of games.He says although they respect the teams, they will focus on winning, and concentrating on their strengths like speed which has been a successful option.

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The team has been having a series of training sessions since Monday this week in Bamako.
80 teams from the four regions of Africa, Americas, Europe and Asia which will include Oceania will play regular home and away games to qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China.

At stake in the African Qualifiers are five tickets on offer for the continent's countries to reach the first-ever 32-team FIBA Basketball World Cup taking place in China from August 30-September 15, 2019.

Uganda will rely on the services of internationals Stanley Ocitti, Joshua Johnson,Brandon Sebirumbi, shooting guard Robinson Odoch Opong, and Samuel Kakooza. The local based Players in the 12 man team  include team captain Steven Omwony, Jimmy Enabu, Joseph Ikong,Stanley Mugerwa, Syrus Kiviri,Mark Opio and James Okello.


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