Heroic Silverbacks Return Home After Afrobasket Qualification

Uganda’s National basketball team, the Silverbacks, are back in the country after a successful Afrobasket qualification campaign.

The team that left on June 30, beat Morocco 77-65 on Thursday at the Salle El Bouazzaoui to qualify to a third straight FIBA AfroBasket finals.

The team touched base on Saturday morning at 4:15am via Egyptian Air ET 822.

The silverbacks players at Entebbe International Airport. Isa Mapengo/FUBA

Mohamed Ghedi together with the five local based players – Titus Lual, Ben Komakech, James Okello, Tonny Drilleba and Jimmy Enabu – were part of the returning contingent.

Some of the foreign-based players, including teenager Arthur Kaluma, remained at Cairo Airport from where they will connect to their respective destinations.

Ishmael Wainright, linked to a move to NBA side’sToronto Raptors, remained in Morocco and will be expected to jet out soon.

The team will now switch focus to the Afrobasket preparations where they are pitted in Group D alongside former African champions Senegal and Cameroon, and newcomers South Sudan.

The Afrobasket finals will be held in Kigali, Rwanda on 24 August to 5 September.



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