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Silverbacks Hope to Bounce Back in Second Round of World Cup Qualifiers

The team captain, Jimmy Enabu said his side lost concentration and ended up losing the entire game, he, however, said the loss has helped the team to realize their mistakes and he expects more improvement in the second round.
The Silverbacks team in Angola

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The Uganda National Basketball team, the silverbacks are optimistic of bouncing back from two defeats in the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers.

The Silverbacks were defeated by Nigeria 95-69 in their final game of the first round of the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifiers. This was the second loss for team Uganda after losing their opener against Mali Uganda (76-66).

Uganda struggled to make 3-point shots, missing almost 85 percent of their attempts. Brandon Davies recorded 22 points, which was Uganda’s high points record in the game while Jimmy Enabu and Eric Rwahwire added 12 and 10 points respectively.

However, the team registered some positive results after triumphing against Cape Verde 77-74 in the second game of the qualifiers. 

Now, the silverbacks are hoping to make amends in the second round of the qualifiers if they are to overcome the resilient sides in Mali and Nigeria. Uganda is currently fourth in Group A with only four points. The silverbacks will have to finish in the top three if they are to advance to the next level. 

According to the tournament settings, after the second round, the top three teams in all the four groups will be put in two groups of six teams, five best who will represent Africa at the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

The team captain, Jimmy Enabu said his side lost concentration and ended up losing the entire game, he, however, said the loss has helped the team to realize their mistakes and he expects more improvement in the second window. 

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Before traveling to Angola for the games, the national team’s preparations were hindered by a lack of funds. However, FUBA eventually received the cash they wanted to facilitate the team in the games. Although the team finally took part in the qualifiers, a setback in their preparations was visible.

This was however not the first time, the basketball team is facing funding constraints. During the Afro Basket games in Kigali, the First Son, Lieutenant General Muhoozi Kainerugaba cleared the team’s bills. 

Hamson Obua, the State Minister for Sports blamed FUBA administrators for the poor planning of their activities. About the games in Angola, Obua said that he received the letter requesting for facilitation of the silverbacks on November 22, three days before they travel.

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