Silverbucks finally jets out

The Silverbacks have finally set off for the 2023 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers in Benguela, Angola. The team set off at 3:00am in the wee hours of Thursday. The team arrived safely at the O.R Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg and they are expected to be connecting to Luanda, Angola in the later hours of the day.

Early this week, the Federation of Uganda’s Basketball Association (FUBA) Vice President in Charge of Media and Publication, Arnold Katabi, had confirmed that the team had been forced out of these qualifiers due to lack of funds.

Katabi said that the Silverbacks had been told by government through the National Council of Sports (NCS) that there are no funds to help the team attend the first window of the qualifiers in Angola. On Wednesday even the Sports minister Hamson Obua said that the basketball officials should always inform them in time so that they solicit money for the national team.

On Tuesday however, the FUBA President Nasser Sserunjogi is understood to have held a meeting with State Minister for Sports Hamson Obua to solve the financial problems that the national team was to face.

Obua told the press on Wednesday that the Silverbacks problems are their own making, because they handed in their request for money a bit late.

The team was finally able to get funds from Government and set off early on Thursday. The Silverbacks will be looking to build on their recent success in the just concluded AfroBasket where they finished sixth (6th) in Kigali Rwanda.

Uganda is drawn in the same qualifying pool with Mali, Nigeria and Cape Verde and the goal is to secure qualification to the final showpiece in 2023. Two windows are to be played before one gets sure of the World Cup.

Silverbucks finally jets out

The 2023 FIBA World Cup will be held in Indonesia, Japan, Philippines and Uganda will be targeting to finish among the top three teams in Group A to advance to the second round.

The Travelling Contingent

Players – Jimmy Enabu (City Oilers), Tonny Drilleba (City Oilers), Ivan Muhwezi (City Oilers), Fayed Bbale (UCU Canons), Peter Obleng (KIU Titans), Titus Lual Odeke (UCU Canons), James Okello (City Oilers), Abdihakim Ghedi (City Oilers), Ben Komakech (City Oilers), Brandon Davis (Barcelona, Germany), Eric Rwahwire (Hamilton Honey Badgers), Womala Timothy Emmanuel (Schwelm, Germany), Robinson Opong Odoch (unattached)

Officials – Arnold Katabi (Head of Delegation), Mandy Juruni Lutwama (Head coach), Andrew Tendo Ssenyondwa (Assistant Coach), Ram Nyakana Mpunga (Team Physio), Isaac Otuk Gabriel (Team Doctor)