Uganda’s basketball senior national team, the Silverbacks, have taken their second Covid19 tests ahead of their trip to Morocco for the FIBA Afrobasket Qualifiers.
The players and officials were all negative during the first tests last week and are not taking any chances following controversial events in Monastir Tunisia in February this year.
Then, five members on the team tested positive to Covid-19 after arriving in Monastir, despite delegation members having provided earlier negative tests.
FIBA decided to reschedule Uganda’s qualification games.
Ahead of the tie with Morocco on July 8th, Federation of Uganda Basketball Association (FUBA) is not taking any chances.
The team converged at Lugogo on Monday morning for their second tests.
The country is experiencing a surge in Covid19 cases, which forced the government to strengthen lockdown measures. There are 77,505 confirmed cases while 868 have passed away.
The first batch of team Uganda at the Tokyo Olympics has returned two positive cases, the Rugby 7s team was withdrawn from Olympic Repechage tourney in Monaco after covid19 cases as well. KCCA FC had their CAF Confederation Cup first leg against Kigali forfeited and recently, the Lady Cricket Cranes cancelled their trip to Rwanda for Kwibuka T20 Tournament when almost the entire team tested positive for Covid.
The Silverbacks were initially scheduled to fly out of the country over the weekend but the latest communication sent to players may see them leave on Tuesday, possibly.