World Cup Qualifiers: Sorry Silverbacks Fall To Angola

Friday, February 24
*Cameroon 85-56 D.R. Congo
*Nigeria 72-63 Ivory Coast
*South Sudan 83-75 Senegal
*Cape Verde 78-70 Guinea
*Tunisia 67-71 Egypt
*Uganda 49-82 Angola

Saturday, February 25
*D.R. Congo Vs South Sudan
*Guinea Vs Nigeria
*Senegal Vs Tunisia
*Ivory Coast Vs Uganda – 6:30pm
*Egypt Vs Cameroon
*Angola Vs Cape Verde

(Games live on StarTimes sports channels)

Uganda Men’s national basketball team, the Silverbacks lost to hosts Angola in their first of three games at the last round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifiers.

The Silverbacks – depleted and without quality – proved to be the second best thought the contest.

The team that did not train at all for the games, and regrouped on Thursday night for the trip, arrived in Angola just on time for tip off.

FUBA sent a group of locally based nine players, with the team under second assistant coach Andrew Tendo.

And the rustiness was visible when Angola led the first quarter 17-9.

The Silverbacks tried to go down fighting in the second quarter which they led 25-21 at one stage, before Angola ended the quarter with a 13-3 run.

And they outscored Uganda 48-21 in the second half to win the contest by 33 points.

Fayed Baale scored 15 points while Peter Obleng was 4-for-7 to reach 11 points for the Silverbacks.

Silverbacks (Fiba photo)

Childe Dundao top scored with 16 points while Gerson Concalves (12) and Antonio Monteiro (10) scored in double figures as well for Angola.

This is loss number seven for Silverbacks in these qualifiers, but the side had their World Cup hopes come to an end earlier in the previous Window last year in August when they lost all their three games in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, to slip bottom of Group E.

With the Qualification slot to the World Cup out of reach, the team went to Angola to finish games and avoid possible bans.

Uganda face Ivory Coast on Saturday before Guinea on Sunday.

Elsewhere, South Sudan and Egypt joined Ivory Coast to qualify for the 2023 FIBA World Cup in Japan, Indonesia and Philippines after respective wins.

Two more slots are still up for grabs before the qualifiers end on Sunday.

Silverbacks Squad in Angola – Jimmy Enabu, Fayed Baale, Titus Lual, James Okello, Ceaser Kizito, Stanley Mugerwa, Innocent Ochera, Peter Obleng, Rogers Dauna.



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