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Build-ups Have Helped Silverbacks Prepare Better - Galanopoulos

The Silverbacks kicked off preparations for the second window of the 2022 FIBA World Cup qualifiers slated for next month in Kigali, Rwanda with a camp in Alexandria, Egypt. They have also played and lost three matches against Egypt, Jordan and Rwanda.
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The head coach of Uganda's men's Basketball team, Silverbacks has said the three friendly matches his team played in Egypt have helped them a lot ahead of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers.

George Galanopoulos says the three defeats the team suffered have been a good eye opener and gives them chance to make improvement in certain areas.

The Silverbacks kicked off preparations for the second window of the 2022 FIBA World Cup qualifiers slated for next month in Kigali, Rwanda with a camp in Alexandria, Egypt. They have also played and lost three matches against Egypt, Jordan and Rwanda.

Nevertheless, the tactician believes the games have given the team more exposure and a competitive platform, which he believes will help them improve ahead of the trip to Kigali, Rwanda..

“These games have been great for our preparations and showing us where we need to improve and the players have been working hard and are more committed than ever to getting better, we are looking to get in full strength, practicing for July first," says the Coach.

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Robinson Opong, the Silverbacks shooting guard, also says the team has already embarked on fine-tuning and improving on some of the weak points after a poor show in the build-up games.

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The team is expected to switch base tomorrow and travel to Kigali. The Silverbacks will have to be at their best if they hope to progress to the next round. 

Uganda is currently third in Group A after securing only one victory in the first window of the qualifiers. Uganda only managed to defeat  Cape Verde and lost to Mali and Nigeria.

According to the format of the qualifiers, the top three teams in all the four groups after the second window will be pooled into two groups of six teams and top two teams, and the best third-placed team will qualify for the 2023 World Cup.

Second Window Fixture 

July 1: Uganda Vs Mali

July 2: Cape Verde Vs Uganda 

July 3: Nigeria Vs Uganda

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