Playing At Afrobasket Has Inspired Young Players – Juruni

Silverbacks coach Mandy Juruni says that Uganda playing at Afrobasket has been a motivation to young players.

Afrobasket, a football equivalent of Africa Cup of Nations, is a men’s basketball continental championship of Africa.

Uganda has competed at the tourney in the last two editions – 2015 and 2017.

“We have experienced many good things as a country and I can see a lot of progress in our national team especially the Men’s team which I have been with for six to seven years,” Juruni said.

“Being in Afrobasket for the last two editions has been a very good thing for us, and that has inspired many young players to work hard to be on the national team and play at the international stage.

The side finished 15th in Tunisia and improved by two places in the next edition that was co-hosted by Tunisia and Senegal.

Juruni added: “As Uganda, we are very proud of what we have achieved so far and this has been done collectively as a team – the national team selection committee, the Federation, the coaches, the players etc.

“As a country, we are in a right direction, we just have to keep improving and keep playing in these international tournaments.”

Uganda is seeking for a third straight return to the Continent.

The side finished second in the first window of the Qualifiers last year in Alexandria.

The second window is due February 17-21 in Tunisia while the final championship will be played from August 24 to September 5, 2021 in Kigali, Rwanda.



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