We still have work to do -Juruni

The Uganda men's basketball team, the Silverbacks, need one win from the second round of the FIBA Afrobasket Qualifiers to confirm their participation at the finals in Kigali, Rwanda.

The team can also lose all their three games and still qualify should Egypt defeat everyone in the group.

That, however, is not something coach Mandy Juruni wants to pay attention to and he believes the team still has work to do.

"We still have games to play and there's work to be done," Juruni revealed after Tuesday's training session at Africa Bible University in Lubowa.

"The boys are working hard in training and they all want to seal qualification," He added.

The Silverbacks lost to Egypt in their first game of the qualifiers but defeated both Morocco and Cape Verde to finish the first round second in the group standings.

There are twelve locally based players training at the moment and Juruni and head coach George Gallanapolos will decide on the six to join the foreign based lot for a training camp later.

"It's good that we have everyone coming in to compete for a slot on the final team. There's competition for places and that's healthy."

The final team to be selected will not be expected to be too different from the one that played in the first round.

Ceaser Kizito is the only new face in training this time round and will give competition to Joseph Ikong.

Stanley Mugerwa travelled with the team for the first round but didn't play any minute although he's still part of the set up.

Fayed Bbale, Innocent Ocera and Ivan Muhwezi are also part of the training group and will be looking to impress the coaches.

The second window of qualifiers is slated for February 19-21 in Egypt.

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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: 01/13/2021