The game was forfeited after Mali’s players failed to turn up by kickoff time, giving an advantage to Uganda on day one.
Ishmail, Silverbacks star didnt have to hustle for the win against Mali
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
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
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
July 2: Cape Verde Vs Uganda
July 3: Nigeria Vs Uganda