Junior Gazelles Face Tanzania In Decider


Friday, June 17
Girls: Uganda 43-52 Rwanda
Boys: Tanzania 61-48 Uganda

Saturday, June 18
Girls: Tanzania Vs Uganda – 4pm
Boys: Tanzania Vs Rwanda – 7pm

Uganda’s Under-18 Girls basketball national team, the Junior Gazelles, face off with Tanzania in a winner-takes-it-all match at the FIBA U18 Afrobasket Zone V Qualification encounter at Lugogo.

The Junior Gazelles were beaten 52-43 by Rwanda who recorded their first win of the tournament, as Uganda suffered their first loss on Friday.

Christine Namyalo had 12 points, the only Uganda player to reach double figures in scoring while Immaculate Adongpiny and Sylvia Nantongo managed 12 rebounds each.

Violette Uwimpuhwe scored 20 points for Rwanda as the side finished the Girls category with one win and three losses.

In a three-nation qualification group, the team that finishes top earns a ticket to the FIBA U18 Afrobasket finals in Madagascar where top two teams will be qualifying for the 2023 FIBA U19 World Cup in Debrecen, Hungary.

The Girls beat Tanzania 64-36 in their first meeting on Wednesday and are joint top with Tanzania whose two wins came against Rwanda.

The format of play is that teams are facing off twice.

The tournament attracted only three nations after Kenya pulled out on the last hour over financial constraints.

Ali Mavita’s charges need nothing but a win to qualify for the U18 Afrobasket for the third time in the country’s history after 2016 and 2018 appearances.

Junior Silverbacks Walk Off Heads Low

Joshua Ngobi in action. FUBA photo

The Boys were beaten 61-48 by Tanzania in a match they scored just 16 points in the first half on Friday.

Samuel Ola and Joshua Ngobi managed just 14 points each for the Junior Silverbacks who suffered their third loss.

Abdul Kakwaya (19), Abdul Maulidi (13) and Mbatian Sikar (12) scored in double figures while Onisa Nkya picked 22 rebounds for Tanzania.

It’s the first win for Tanzania who lost to Rwanda twice and Uganda in the first meeting.

Rwanda already sealed a ticket in the Boys category having won three games to stay unbeaten ahead of meeting with Tanzania in Saturday’s last game.

Boys Table
1. Rwanda – 6
2. Uganda – 5
3. Tanzania – 4

Girls Table
1. Uganda – 5
2. Tanzania – 5
3. Rwanda – 4

*Two points for a win, one point for a loss.



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