KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Ugandan men’s national basketball
team, Silverbacks have intensified preparations ahead of
the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers to take place in
battle in group B alongside hosts Mali, Rwanda and
giants Nigeria in the qualifiers which take place during
Mande Juruni told Xinhua on Tuesday that the team is
taking shape with some of the foreign based players
arriving in time. “We are getting in shape ahead of the
qualifiers where we take on Nigeria in our first game,”
added the coach.
based player Josh Johnson told Xinhua on Tuesday that he
is ready to help the national team qualify for the World
Cup. “It is every player’s dream to play at the World
Cup, but we are aware the qualifiers will be very
competitive,” added Johnson.
Tashobya, President of the Federation of Uganda
Basketball Federation (Fuba) told Xinhua that although
they are still looking for finances to enable the team
to travel over the weekend, it is a big chance to play
in a World Cup qualifier.
FIBA, the top-three teams of each of the four groups
will advance to the decisive 12-team round of the
qualifiers, which will see teams (in two groups of six)
play home-and-away games over another three-window
period and the top two teams from each group, plus the
best loser, will then qualify for World Cup.
other African teams that missed out on qualifying
directly will then take part in a new 16-team
competition called the FIBA-Afrocan to be played in the
summer of 2019.
new competition System, Africa will for the first time
qualify five teams to the World Cup that will be hosted
by China from August 31st to September 15th.