Junior Gazelles,Silverbacks storm Dares Salaam in high spirits

Junior Gazelles,Silverbacks storm Dares Salaam in high spirits

PIC: David Katende, NCS Assistant GS flagging off the Junior Gazelles and Silverbacks at UOC. (Credit: Richard Sanya)

FIBA Zone V U18 Nations Cup
Date:17-22 June
Time:Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
DAR ES SALAAM – Uganda has grown into a powerhouse of sorts in the U18 Boys and Girls FIBA Zone V Nations Cup. That is that!
Having won the previous edition in both categories, the Gazelles and Silverbacks will go out guns blazing to defend the titles in Tanzania’s capital Dares Salaam 17-22 June.
There is a strong wave of optimism in Uganda’s ranks ahead of the almost week-long contest.
“We carefully prepared our players, picking them from schools across the country and there has been intensive training.
“We know that the competition is stiff but our players have what it takes to register great results” said Ali Mavita, coach of the Gazelles Thursday during the official flag off of Uganda’s teams at UOC, lugogo.
Qualification for the Boy’s U18 FIBA Africa Nations Championships is on the cards for the junior Silverbacks as a first finish guarantees qualification for the meet to be determined in Mali.
The Junior Gazelles pose during their flag off at UOC Headquarters in Lugogo. (Credit:Richard Sanya)
Conversely winners in the girls’ category qualify for the FIBA U18 Nations Championships which will be determined in Mozambique.
“I have faith in the team. We managed to gel after a series of pick-up trainings and I hope we win the contest” said Agatha Kamwada captain of the junior Gazelles.
For the Boys it remains to be seen whether they will come good over South Sudan, Rwanda and the hosts. On the other hand, Rwanda and hosts Tanzania stand in the way of the Gazelles.
Head of Delegation: Vicky Ntale
Team Physio: Chris Mbowa
Refs: Baker Kyambadde
          Monica Nassuna
Agatha Kamwanda
Bronnie Kusiime
Ramla Nakato
Shakirah Nanvubya
Maureen Nankumbi
Shadia Mbwali
Aisha Namakula
Bridget Aber
Firdance Namuleme
Aziida Nabayunga
Alice Isoto
Coach: Ali Mavita
Ass Coach: Albert Aciko
Fayed Baale
Arnold Kiseeka
Rabuseh Matsiko
Rogers Duana
Raymond Iriama
Roxine Ahumuza
Mark Wamala
John Teko
Johnson Asianzu
 Larry Kimambo
Eldrine Walujjo
Rajab Mpiima
Coach: Nick Natuhereza
Ass Coach: Ronald Bajjunga
EMAIL: kbalikuddembe@newvision.co.ug
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