Uganda Battle Benin In FIBA U-18 Championship

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In short
In order to qualify for the quarter finals Uganda should win all the two remaining games with Republic of Benin on Tuesday and Tunisia on Wednesday, the top four teams from each group will qualify for the Quarter-Finals

Uganda's team will eager to avoid loss this afternoon when they battle Benin in a Group B match at the on-going Federation of International Basketball Associations (FIBA)-Africa U-18 Championship taking place in Kigali, Rwanda.

After three losses Uganda cannot afford another defeat if they hope to be among the top four teams to qualify for the quarter final stage.

However from their first games last week, Uganda lost all the game 79-61 to Democratic Republic of Congo, 87-48 to Egypt and and 59-105 to Angola on Sunday.

In order to qualify for the quarter finals Uganda should win all the two remaining games with Republic of Benin on Tuesday and Tunisia on Wednesday.

According to Ivan Ntabaazi, the FUBA spokesperson, they are impressed with the performance of the Uganda team since they are featuring in the event for the first time.

He says however several conditions like inadequate preparations and the fact that most of the players are students and did not have enough time for training made them to lose. Egypt and Angola are the first teams to qualify for the quarters after winning three games each.

In Group A hosts Rwanda are still top despite losing 61-40 to Mali. They have managed a 94-64 win over Gabon and a 74-65 victory over Ivory Coast. 


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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.