Uganda: Silverbacks Ready for Second Chance


For a moment, the international basketball body, Fiba, had their local affiliate, Fuba, worried about the fate of the men’s basketball team, Silverbacks, in regards to the 2021 Afrobasket.

Days after Uganda were asked to leave the bubble that had Group E teams competing in Tunisia, due to an outbreak of Covid-19 in the camp, Fiba put out a list of qualified nations.

Shockingly, that list had Cape Verde and Morocco. This was not good for Uganda as the Silverbacks had already beaten the two sides.

One more win was required to confirm qualification to a third straight continental showpiece set for August 24-September 5 in Kigali, Rwanda.

Fiba would later clarify that games involving Uganda would be played between June 15 and July 15to confirm which two sides joined Egypt at the finals. There was a sigh of relief here.

Egypt made light work of everyone in the group to confirm their place and will not take part in the remainder of the qualifiers.

One more win

For Uganda, one win is enough. If it comes against Morocco on July 8, there will be no need of playing Cape Verde.

The latter clash is penciled in for July 15, if necessary.

The eternal cry over lack of facilities has also come back to bite Uganda. The lack of one that meets the required standards implies that Fuba have a huge cost to bear.

They must invest in a trip to Morocco, first. If Uganda were to lose in North Africa, they would then spend more in travel to Cape Verde.