In two weeks' time, the national men's basketball team, Silverbacks, will travel to Alexandria to do camp in Egypt ahead of the Fiba Afrobasket 2021 qualifiers scheduled for November 27-29.
The national basketball team have been holding intense practice in Kampala behind closed doors, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and The Observer understands that new players in the team have reportedly given the technical team a selection headache.
Guards Fayed Bbale (UCU) and Innocent Ochera (JKL) have been superb in practice along with swingman Peter Obleng (KIU) and power forward Titus Lual Odeke (UCU).
Obleng, according to sources in the camp, has showed superior athleticism and strength over Joseph Ikong. Uganda has been grouped with Morocco, Egypt and Cape Verde in a group that will test the mettle of the Silverbacks. All three teams are vastly experienced and technically superb.
With the 2020 Ugandan basketball league cancelled, the federation has gone great length to achieve the highest intensity possible in camp for the players to attain favourable fitness levels.
Other players in the camp are Stanley Mugerwa, Geoffrey Soro, James Okello, Ivan Muhwezi, Ben Komakech, Tony Drileba and Jimmy Enabu. The squad is being handled by Mandy Juruni, who is assisted by Brian Wathum and Andrew Tendo.
The roster will be bolstered by the addition of foreign-based players, who are due to fly directly to Alexandria from various continents. They include Deng Geu, Emmanuel Mugenga, Eric Rwahirwe, Robinson Opong, Ishmail Wainwright and Samuel Kalwanyi.
The games in Alexandria will be the first window of the Afrobasket qualifiers with the last one set for February 19 to 21 next year. The top three teams will qualify. Uganda has qualified for the last two Afrobasket tournaments and will be hoping to make the third competition in a row.