Every player must earn his place -Juruni

With the national men's basketball team, the Silverbacks performing well in the first window of the FIBA Afrobasket Qualifiers, coaches would be expected to maintain the team that got the job done.


There are no guarantees for places though, not according to Mandy Juruni, the man in charge of the team in the absence of head coach George Gallanapolous.


Juruni has revealed that every player who is part of the training has a chance of making the final team for the second leg of the FIBA AfroBasket Qualifiers.


"All the players who are training, everyone has a chance," he said after Tuesday's training session at Africa Bible University in Lubowa.

“We have had most of the players come in for the training sessions and they are all competing,"


The locally-based players have been in training since December and will be expected to join the foreign-based group for a training camp.

The team, however, is expected to be trimmed to accommodate those plying their trade beyond the borders.


The inclusion of Ceaser Kizito means that there's competition for Joseph Ikong but it remains to be the same whether the coaches will choose to go with a debutant ahead of a seasoned campaigner.


Fayed Bbale, Ivan Muhwezi, and Innocent Ocera are also trying to state their claim having been dropped for the first hurdle.

The second leg of the Group E qualifiers will be played in Monastir, Tunisia from February 17-21.


Uganda sit second in the group and have to finish within the top three to qualify for the 2021 FIBA AfroBasket that will be hosted in Kigali, Rwanda in August. 


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The writer is a Freelance Sports Reporter based in Kampala, Uganda. Follow him on Twitter (@Emanzi20), Facebook (Ndyamuhaki J. Emanzi), and Instagram (@emanzi20).

Published: 01/25/2021