Uganda To Face Hosts Egypt In FIBA AfroBasket Final

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Ugandas Darius Pegues made 21 points while team captain Stanley Ocitti and Joseph Ikong made 16 points each. For the Rwanda side, Centre Kami Kabangu made 18 points while Kenneth Gasana made 17 points.

Uganda national men's basketball teams on Friday evening stopped Rwanda in a hotly contested semi finals of the Afro-basketball games in Egypt.

The Silver-backs, who remain unbeaten in all their games stopped the Rwanda side 77-64 to qualify for finals of the Afro basketball and now face Egypt.

The win means Uganda qualifiers for the championship for the 2017 Afro-basketball championship to be held in Libreville, Congo in August. Uganda will be playing in the 16-team FIBA AfroBasket for the second time.

In a game played at the Cairo Stadium the Silver backs led in the first quarter 24-15 before the Rwanda side made a come back to win the second quarter 13-17. In a tight battle Uganda managed to take an 18-17 lead in quarter three before closing in the last quarter with 22-15 win.

Uganda's Darius Pegues made 21 points, while team captain Stanley Ocitti and Joseph Ikong made 16 points each. For the Rwanda side, Centre Kami Kabangu made 18 points while Kenneth Gasana made 17 points.

Uganda national women's basketball team, the Gazelles, who lost two of their games, stopped Kenya 62-59 yesterday. Uganda now faces Egypt again today in do or die game, if they must qualify.

In the last encounter for the zone five Afro basketball finals in 2014, played at Kampala Egypt stopped Uganda.
 

 

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“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.

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