Five Local Players Named in Silverbacks Squad Ahead of Afro Basket Qualifiers

By Leilah Bbaale

The Federation of Uganda Basketball Association, FUBA has named a 12-man squad of Uganda National Basketball team, Silverbacks for the two Afro basket qualifiers fixture slated in July 2021.

Uganda will play Morocco in the first game on July 8 2021, before they play Cape Verde on 15th July 2021. The Silverbacks will be targeting one win to secure their position at the Afro Basket finials. This means if Uganda wins Morocco, it will automatically qualify for the finals.

The team has only 5 local-based players and 7 foreign-based players taking part in the final squad that will travel for the games. The local-based players include four City Oilers stars, Jimmy Enabu, Tonny Drileba James Okello, Benjamin Komakech and Titus Odeke from UCU Canons.

Uganda however didn’t conduct a residential camp in Uganda, due to lack of funds. The Silverbacks assistant coach Mande Juruni said the local-based players have been active with their clubs in the National Basketball league.

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