KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Uganda will host the Federation of International
Basketball Association (FIBA) Africa Zone Five Championship that
will see 11 nations battle for the trophy.
in the competition to be held early next month include hosts
Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia,
Sudan, South Sudan, Burundi and Egypt.
Uganda will battle it out to retain the men’s trophy in the
tournament that will be held in the capital Kampala from Oct.
Kenya’s Kenya Ports
Authority will be out to defend the women’s title.
The competition for
both women and men returns to Uganda after five years. The
country hosted the 2012 edition.
“We are happy that
FIBA through the African body has once again given Uganda this
chance to host this big event that brings together the top teams
in Zone 5,” Ambrose Tashobya, the President of the Federation of
Uganda Basketball Association (FUBA) told Xinhua on Wednesday.
Four time Ugandan
League champions City Oilers have vowed to play their hearts out
and retain the trophy in-front of their fans.
“Playing at home
brings a lot of pressure, but we are training hard because our
goal is to retain the trophy and qualify to play at the top
African stage,” said City Oilers tactician Mande Juruni.
The championship is
a regional club competition that attracts the League champion
teams from eastern Africa.