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Uganda Earns a Walkover Aganist Mali in FIBA World Cup Qualifiers

The game was forfeited after Mali’s players failed to turn up by kickoff time, giving an advantage to Uganda on day one.
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The National Basketball team, the silverbacks has kicked off the second round of the 2023 FIBA World Cup qualifiers with a walkover against Mali at the BK Arena in Kigali, Rwanda.

The game was forfeited after Mali’s players failed to turn up by kickoff time, giving an advantage to Uganda on day one.

Consequently, Uganda got a 20-0 win over Mali. It was however more of revenge for the silverbacks against the West African side that beat them 76-66 in the qualifiers of the first window played last year.  

The reasons for Mali's failure are unknown but sources in Kigali say that the players are on strike over unpaid bonuses. It is yet to be established whether the West African side will take part in their remaining fixtures. 

The result means that Uganda moves to six points in the overall four games played while Mali slides to the bottom of the group with just five points in four games.

"We as a team were ready to play against Mali, but because they didn't turn up, we have secured our two points, it means we are on course of winning the necessary games to progress to the next round, we are very happy for that. We shall now go back and watch our next opponents' game and see how we can prepare for the next game". Team assistant coach Mande Juruni said.

Earlier in the day, Cape Verde sealed a win over Nigeria in the group’s opening tie 79-70, putting them in the lead of the table, above Nigeria which is second.

As Uganda waits to play Nigeria and Cape in the remaining games, their main target will be to maintain third place or move up the table after the three engagements in Kigali to progress to the next round.

Day One results

Uganda 20-0 Mali

Cape Verde 79-70 Nigeria

 

Next fixtures   

July 2: Cape Verde Vs Uganda

July 3: Nigeria Vs Uganda

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