NBL: FUBA Sets New Date For League Return

Basketball governing body in the country, the Federation of Uganda Basketball Association (FUBA) has set a new date when the National Basketball League (NBL) will resume.

The league, in the second round of the regular season, was put on hold for the National teams – both Silverbacks (Men) and Gazelles (Women) – to prepare and take part in the 2019 FIBA Africa Zone V Championship held in Kampala, from June 26 to July 1.

Consequently, the league which was last played on Sunday June 16 was initially supposed to return on July 3. However, FUBA has extended the return date to Friday, July 12 due to the upcoming ‘FIBA 360’ Coaches clinic.

Tonny Drilleba (with the ball) playing for Uganda against Rwanda (yellow) in Zone Five at Lugogo. FUBA

FUBA communications manager and head of Marketing Arnold Katabi confirmed the development to the teams, media and stakeholders:

FIBA Statement
Welcome back from the Zone V qualifiers games and thank you to all that participated one way or the other.
As we now turn back to our local league, we hereby remind all managers to remind their coaches of the upcoming FIBA arranged coaches clinic (FIBA 360) starting this week and running full day for a week or two.

We consequently notify you that, to allow for this exercise and other FIBA related meetings with various stakeholders, all divisions league games have been effectively postponed to Friday 12th July for the NBL division and Saturday 13th for the lower division games.

Must Know About FIBA 360
This initiative, called FIBA 360 Basketball was launched last year before being held in Uganda and other 10 FIBA national federations like Rwanda, South Africa, Nigeria, Mali, Kenya, Mozambique, Cameroon etc.

Officials pose for a photo after a Basketball FIBA 360 meet last year

The project, among other things, focuses on the training programs for coaches.

The objective of the program is to bring national federations of “Type 2” (with the low level of organization, but have an important growth potential) and “Type 3” (with average level of organization, but have an Important growth potential) towards the highest level: “Type 4″(Leaders).

It is supposed to start this week with NBL and National Team coaches (including those of U16 teams) while the others will be held in September and October.

The 2019 National Basketball League so far

The regular season was supposed to end on August 10 before the playoffs tip-off four days later, however, with the league fixture behind about four weeks behind, the projected date for the end of regular season may be affected by a month.

UCU Canons (Men) and JKL Lady Dolphins still occupy top seats on the log, as it stands.

Friday, July 12 – Lugogo
*Women: KIU Rangers vs JKL Dolphins
*Men: UCU Canons Vs KIU Titans

The Men’s table

  1. UCU Canon – (12-2)
  2. JKL Dolphins – (10-4)
  3. City Oilers – (10-3)
  4. Warriors – (10-2)
  5. Betway Power – (9-4)
  6. KIU Titans – (8-4)
  7. Ndejje Angels – (7-6)
  8. KCCA Men – (4-9)
  9. Falcons – (3-10)
  10. Kampala University – (2-12)
  11. Sharing Youth – (3-9)
  12. Our Saviour – (0-13)



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