US-based superstar Jane Asinde has expressed her readiness to represent Uganda at the forthcoming 2023 Women Afrobasket in Kigali, Rwanda.
Now at Wichita State University, she recently made headlines with a game-high 20 points and eight rebounds to help her side register a historical win over top-seeded South Florida in the American Championships.
The Small Forward has been a hit since leaving Uganda back in 2019 just after breaking into the scene with JKL Lady Dolphins following her move from Magic Stormers.
Asinde, on her journey to the States, briefly commented: “I really don’t know how that came about but what I know is Nasser Sserunjogi (FUBA President) and coach John ‘Johnny’ Omondi (Magic Stormers) some how were the one’s involved in it.”
“I was excited for the opportunity to continue with my basketball career as well as study in the States. It’s literally of girls dream.”
Asinde, in a wide ranging interview with The-SportsNation, said she faced some obstacles just like any other person going to a foreign country.
She said: “It was hard but good thing I had my Sister here in the States. The only challenged faced was home-sickness but other than that I was coping pretty good.”
Asinde’s first year at Grayson saw her being named the Conference Freshman of the Year, among other honors.
Fast forward, she was recently named the third team All Conference while at Wichita State University.
And the sky cannot even be the limit for this big prospect.
“I do have goals set but I always say wherever God wants me to be, there he will take me,” Asinde added.
“But after my last season I will put my name in the WNBA draft and if it doesn’t go that way. I’ll pursue my basketball career in Europe.”
The Gazelles will be in Rwanda for the Afrobasket, thanks to a reported Wild Card, after finishing second in Zone Five Women Championship in Kampala.
She said: “I was fixed with my season but I managed to watch some Gazelles games.
“But I was really impressed at how the Gazelles performed and the battle they fought to get to where they are and it’s because of that I will be joining them in Kigali.
“As I had said, I am excited to join the team and represent my Country as its always a pleasure to wear the Ugandan Uniform.”
And with her experience, alongside several other players in the States like Abby Priscilla (Grayson College), Melissa Akullu (Vanguard University), Jamila Nansikombi (Troy University), Claire Lamunu, Esther Kwagala and Lydia Babirye among others, Uganda Gazelles are stacked going to Afrobasket.
“I am in touch with them,” Asinde said when asked about fellow Ugandan players in the States.
The 2023 AfroBasket will be held from 28 July to 6 August 2023 in Kigali, Rwanda, with the Gazelles set to make her third appearance after 1997 and 2015.