Egypt Defeats Uganda To Win Afro-Basketball Qualifiers

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Uganda womens basketball teams, the Gazelles however do not qualify with three loses and one win. On Saturday they were stopped by Egypt 92-68.

Uganda men's national basketball team, the Silverbacks on Saturday night lost to Egypt in the finals of the 2017 Afro-basketball qualifiers at Cairo Stadium.

The team skippered by Steven Omony that already qualified for the Afro-Basketball Championship lost 95-72 in a hotly contested game. Uganda had earlier defeated Somalia,Burundi and Rwanda to qualify for the finals.
However in yesterday's game, Egypt dominated the game after winning in all the four quarters.

The Egyptians won the first and second quarter 29-18 and 24-18 respectively, before taking over the third and fourth quarter 19-16 and 23-20.
Captain Stephen Omony made 19 points, while Darius Pegues picked 17 points for team Uganda. For the Egyptian side Haytham Khalifa made a game high 22 points, while Omar Oraby and Amr  Abdhelahim each made 20 points.
Although they lost, Uganda automatically qualifies for Afro-basketball Championship 2017 to be held in Libreville in Congo in August this year.

Uganda women's basketball teams, the Gazelles however did not qualify with three loses and one win. On Saturday they were stopped by Egypt 92-68.


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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.