Uganda Stops Neighbors Rwanda in Basketball World Cup Qualifiers

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In short
In a tight game played at the City, Arena: Bamako, Palais des Sports Salamatou Maiga, Uganda led the first quarter 28-16 and second quarter 20-11 before the Rwandan side led the third quarter 19-15 and a slim 16-15 lead in the last quarter.

The Uganda Silverbacks on Sunday evening stopped Rwanda 79-62 to win one game of three in the FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifiers.

The Ugandan side that lost to Nigeria on Friday and Mali on Saturday put up a great fight to get a comfortable win by the final whistle.

In a tight game played at the City, Arena: Bamako, Palais des Sports Salamatou Maiga, Uganda led the first quarter 28-16 and second quarter 20-11 before the Rwandan side led the third quarter 19-15 and a slim 16-15 lead in the last quarter.

Uganda's Robinson Odonch Opong made 20 points while Jimmy Enabu made 18 points. For the Rwanda side, Kenneth Gasana made 16 points while Hamza Ruhezamihigo made 11 points.

Uganda will now face the three teams in Group B composed of Mali, Nigeria and Rwanda for the second round in June this year, with some games to be played in Kampala.

Following the end of the first round games, Uganda comes second after Nigeria in the standings, followed by Mali and then Rwanda. Nigeria has six points while Uganda, Mali and Rwanda have four following single wins.

Angola, Tunisia and Nigeria remain unbeaten in the qualifiers. Uganda meanwhile needs to be in the top three in group B to advance to the next stage. Uganda is grouped alongside hosts Mali, Nigeria and neighbours Rwanda.

Five tickets are at stake for Africans team to represent in the 32 team Federation of International Basketball Association World Cup Championship in China to be held next year.


Other teams are Angola, Egypt, Morocco, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Mozambique, Central African Republic, Coted' Ivoire and Tunisia, Cameroon, Chad and Guinea.
 

 

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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.