Saturday, June 29
*Rwanda Vs Egypt – 1PM
*Kenya Vs Uganda – 5PM
*Tanzania Vs Kenya – 3PM
*Uganda Vs Egypt – 5PM
The Silverbacks will face Egypt in a tough affair in what is supposed to be a do or die game at the indoor Arena in Lugogo, Kampala.
Uganda’s men team have had enough two days rest and will seek to benefit from this advantage to take down Egypt.
Uganda will seek to bounce back after a false start against leaders Kenya – Silverbacks lost 61-70 in the opener on June 26.
After the loss against Kenya Morans, Uganda coach George Galanopoulos said that his team is still struggling to pick rebounds.
“Rebounding is our biggest problem, you can’t be sure of whether your shots will drop or. However, its rebounding and box-out which you can control,” said Galanopoulos.
“We started to miss shots which is what we didn’t want especially in important times of the game. We turned the ball over many times and kept trailing by about nine points and we couldn’t break through.
“We had a chance to tie the game with a three but the ball just bounced away. We now have to do our best to prove what we have. We have to get together and believe in ourselves.”
Against Kenya, much of the load was left to Brandon Davies who picked 21 rebounds. The supporting cast will be needed to step up against Egypt who pose a big threat with their towering height.
The five men teams, Uganda, Egypt, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania, are fighting for a single ticket to FIBA AfroCan which is going to be held in Bamako, Mali from July 19-28 this year.
Kenya has won two from as many games and stand as favourites to snatch the top spot after beating Egypt 97-79 on Thursday. They still have to face Rwanda and. A weak Tanzania side.
Uganda’s expected starting five: Jimmy Enabu, Tonny Drilleba, Robinson Opong, Deng Geu and Brandon Davies.