The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Talking Points Ahead of Zone V

Team Uganda will have their official send-off ceremony at Kampala Serena Hotel tomorrow morning, before they depart for the Fiba Zone V tournament in Dar es Salaam, as Felix Eupal takes a look at the major talking points.

Women's team

Most of the attention is always given to the men's team, with the women left out or looking like a hang- on. So, how ready is our women's squad? Truth is the team is, at best, untested. The opposition they have faced in the buildup matches hasn't given them anything close to a contest.

The team also has a weak frontcourt presence; Peace Proscovia, Martha Soigi and Elizabeth Bazira are the only forces Timothy Odeke has who can be relied upon to deliver in the paint. Proscovia burns out fast; Soigi has temperament issues while Bazira, despite having the attitude, doesn't have the legs to stand in.

Odeke needs a very good rotation system to have some results from the trio. The team is also very offensive and tournaments are won by defence.

Stage fright

This has been one of Team Uganda's biggest undoing. In the past two Zone V championships, players froze and even missed the easiest of baskets. Last year, Joseph Ikong was the biggest culprit. The coaches will have a lot of man management to do.

Discipline

This was reason why some players were dropped from the team. Don't get me wrong: I am not saying that Team Uganda is undisciplined, but then again not all are saints. Of course it's too early to assess how they will react but let us hope they keep up the best of character.

Finances

The federation has always had a chorus which goes like, "We are working around the clock to have enough partners onboard to raise enough funds for the team". However, with the federation holding a plush send-off for the team at Serena hotel for the first time, you can be forgiven for assuming the financial woes won't arise again.

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