One day to the event, the latest development from the local basketball governing body confirms that the team finally secured the funds from the government and the team traveled today early morning to take part in the world cup qualifiers. The team needed over 380 million ugx to take part in the first window
silverbcaks team that participated in the Afrobasket games
After spending almost three days in a funding crisis, the Federation
of Uganda’s Basketball Association –FUBA has finally secured funds for the National
Basketball team, the silverbacks to take part in the first window of FIBA World
The Local basketball governing body had confirmed earlier on 23rd
November 2021 that the silverbacks team will not take part in the FIBA World
Cup qualifiers window 1 in Benguela Angola from 26th to 28th
of November 2021.
FUBA President Naser Sserunjoji had made it clear that the
Federation was informed by the government through the National council of
sports that there are no funds to facilitate the team for that particular tournament.
One day to the event, the latest development from the local
basketball governing body confirms that the team finally secured the funds from
the government and the team traveled today early morning to take part in the
world cup qualifiers. The team needed over 380 million ugx to take part in the first
“The senior men’s National Basketball team the silverbacks
will travel this morning at 3:00am to Benguela Angola to take part in the first
window of the AFIBA world Cup qualifiers scheduled to tipoff on the 26th
November 2021”. Reads a statement from the FUBA
“The Federation of Uganda’s Basketball Associations would
like to appreciate the government of Uganda through the sports for the timely financial
support to enable the team to compete in this window”. Another statement from
Uganda is in Group A alongside Mali, Cape Verde and
Nigeria, the silverbacks first fixture will be against Mali on November 26
before locking horn with Cape Verde and Nigeria on November 27 and 28
respectively. Uganda will have to finish in the top three if they are to
advance to the next level.
This is however not the first time, the basketball team is
having funding issues, during the Afro Basket games in Kigali, the silverbacks
operated on credit and until late after the games when the first son, Lieutenant
General Muhoozi Kainerugaba cleared the team’s bills.