Uganda Women’s National Basketball team, the Gazelles, may play at the 2023 FIBA Afrobasket despite final loss to Egypt.
FUBA is confident that the team will get a Wild Card for an event due July/August in Kigali, Rwanda.
It is said that the Gazelles players were informed of a possible Wild Card before Sunday’s epic final at Lugogo.
If this comes to pass, the Gazelles will return to the Continent for the first time since 2015 in Yaounde, Cameroon.
The Gazelles made Afrobasket debut in 1997 in Nairobi, Kenya – But has missed the past three successive editions in 2017 (Mali), 2019 (Senegal) and 2021 (Cameroon).
With Rwanda as hosts, the wild looked unlikely to go to Zone Five, which makes it three teams at Afrobasket from the region.
It’s strong to note that Egypt lost to Kenya in 2021 Zone Five final, but the side also got a Wild Card alongside Guinea to play at Aftobasket in Yaounde, Cameroon.
Kenya and DR Congo got wild cards in 2019 while Central African Republic got the chance in 2017
Four countries – Nigeria, Senegal, Cameroon and Mali – qualified direct after reaching semifinals of the last edition in 2021.
The other teams will be determined from other Zones to make it final 12.
A wild card is a tournament or playoff berth awarded to an individual or team that fails to qualify in the normal way; for example, by having a high ranking or winning a qualifying stage. In some events, wildcards are chosen freely by the organizers.