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The Uganda men’s basketball team, Silverbacks head to Senegal today Tuesday ahead of the FIBA African Basketball Championship starting tomorrow Wednesday.

The FIBA African Basketball Championship (Afrobasket) is scheduled for September 6 to 18 in Senegal and Tunisia.

The Silverbacks expect to play three games in three days in the group stage.

Uganda Cranes meet Silverbacks in Egypt

Uganda plays Angola on September 8, Central African Republic on September 9 and Morocco on September 10.

The Silverbacks have spent two weeks in Egypt training for the group games of the Championship.

If the Silverbacks manage at least two wins in the group stage in Senegal, they will advance to play in the next stages of the championship in Tunisia.

Silverbacks' Omwony and Cranes volunteer coach Ibrahim Sekagya

To allow the team to compete at the championships, the Basketball governing body FUBA received about sh300m funds from the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni for preparations and the actual competition.

Squad: Stephen Omony, Joseph Ikong, Jimmy Enabu, Ben Komakech, James Okello, Jonathan Egau, Cyrus Kiviri, Jonah Otim, Sam Ociti, Sam Kalwanyi, A'Darius Pegues and Robinson Odoch.

Coaches: Mande Juruni, Omar Barajab and George Galanopolous

2017 FIBA African Basketball Championship (Afrobasket)

Dates: September 8-18

Host Cities: Tunis & Dakar

Group A: Nigeria, DR Congo, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire

Group B: Angola, CAR, Morocco, Uganda

Group C: Tunisia, Guinea, Rwanda, Cameroon

 

Group D: Senegal, Mozambique, Egypt, South Africa

National of Sports General Secretary Nicholas Muramagi has advised other national federations and associations to emulate Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) if they should excel at the international stage.

Muramagi was speaking at a reception to welcome back Team Uganda athletes from the World Athletics Championships that concluded in London over the weekend.

He thanked Joshua Cheptegei for winning Uganda’s only medal (silver) at the 2017 global event and advised him to keep focused on the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

“Cheptegei, thank you for representing Uganda with a medal. Team Uganda had a very big following back home and you did not disappoint. You have showed the world that you can do more,” Muramagi said before he handed over financial appreciation to the athletes and their officials.

NCS gave each of the Team Uganda athletes sh1m appreciation and sh1.5m for the officials.

“Cheptegei you are no longer ordinary and that is what we want all you athletes to be like. We shall then be more proud,” Muramagi advised.

Otuchet in red and Sorowen

Uganda athletics federation president Benjamin Otuchet said that their focus now shifts to preparing athletes for the Commonwealth Games due next year as well as they prepare for the next Olympic Games.

National Council of Sports board member, who is also Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Sorowen who was also Head of Delegation in London appreciated the athletes discipline at the championship.

“If you keep disciplined like I saw in London, you will achieve bigger thinks. Besides you should have a vision and a plan every time you are running,” Sorowen said.

The returned on Tuesday and National Council of Sports hosted them for a dinner at Café Javas in Kamwokya.

Uganda Cranes will play Egypt in a second match of their back-to-back World Cup qualifier in Alexandria city, Tuesday.

Uganda beat Egypt in the first leg 1-0 at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole last Thursday and goal scorer Emmanuel Okwi is optimistic the team will finish to job in the return leg on Tuesday.

Uganda Cranes Interim coach Moses Basena has travelled with a 20man squad to do the job on Tuesday night.

Final Squad in Egypt has Denis Onyango, Ismail Watenga, Benjamin Ochan, Nicholas Wadada, Godfrey Walusimbi, Isaac Isinde, Murushid Juuko, Wasswa Hassan Mawanda, Khalid Aucho, Emmanuel Arnold Okwi, Faruku Miya, Derrick Nsibambi, Joseph Benson Ochaya, Bernard Muwanga, Ivan Ntege, Muzamiru Mutyaba, William Luwagga Kizito, Milton Karisa, Isaac Muleme and Geoffrey Serunkuma.

The officials are FUFA President-Eng. Moses Magogo L.O.D-Hamid Juma-Executive Committee Member Technical: Moses Basena, Matia Lule, Fred Kajoba, Ibrahim Sekagya Medical Team: Dr. Ronald Kisolo, Ivan Ssewanyana (Physiotherapist) Muyinda Crispus-Team Coordinator Ahmed Hussein-Communications Manager, Abu Zikusooka-102.1 FUFA fm, Tabu Santos, Deo Mutabazi, Sumaya Kiwanuka.

Uganda will be the only African country that will compete the Beach Woodball World Cup Championship 2017 at the Bintan Lagoon Resort, in the Lagoi Bay Area, Bintan Regency.

The first ever World Cup will be held from 9th-14th August 2017 with competitors from Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, South Korea, India, China, Oman, Nepal and the hosts Indonesia in the inaugural beach World Cup.

While flagging off the team NCS general secretary Nicholas Muramagi advised the players to work hard and excel at the World Cup like they have done in international competitions before.

World Cup bound woodballers admire the national flag

Uganda’s teams that left for Indonesia today included male players Onesmus Katamba, Bruno Bbosa, Israel Muwanguzi and Joel Adupa.

The women are Joan Mukova, Sandra Nabaggala, Lillian Zawedde and Joyce Nalubega accompanied by the Head of Delegation Grace Orone and coach George Isabirye.

 

 

FUFA officials and members of the Taskforce

FUFA, Uganda Olympic Committee and National Council of Sports met the National Taskforce for Physical Education and Sports bill that is gathering ideas for the new sports law in the country at the NCS boardroom today.

FUFA president Moses Magogo, his CEO Edgar Watson, the legal officer Denis Lukambi and UOC Secretary General Dr. Donald Rukare, NCS assistant general secretary in charge of administration Dr. Benard Ogwel discussed proposals with members of the National Taskforce.

In their presentation to the Taskforce, UOC and FUFA proposed among others that the current law is obsolete requires changes to suit modern sports development in the country.

The proposals also target government to fully take over sports in terms of improvement of sports infrastructure in the country and funding for federations/associations and national teams.

FUFA’s proposal includes a call for government to pass stringent laws against matchfixing and gambling in sports in country.

Last week FUFA president Moses Magogo came out to emphasise that sports in Uganda especially football requires modern laws that should support the industry develop instead of stifling it.

The taskforce composed of government officials, legal practitioners and legislators will continue to gather views for the bill.

NCS General Secretary Nicholas Muramagi
NCS has commended Uganda Woodball Federation for stepping out of their comfort zones and woo sponsors to supplement government support extended to the sport.

While flagging off the national men and women’s teams that will take part in the first Beach Woodball World Cup Championships Indonesia, NCS general secretary Nicholas Muramagi said that contrary financial outcry from federation/associations, leadership remains the biggest issue in Ugandan sport.

BLB boss Kiwalabye (left), NCS Gen Sec Muramagi(centre) and UWbF president Kayongo

“Problem is Ugandan sports is more of leadership issue and not necessarily funding. Federations/associations need to open up and get partnerships, sponsorships and build network of corporate companies that can supplement efforts of government,” Muramagi said.

He caused an applause when he commended the Woodball federation for achieving what traditional sports federations/associations have not achieved in as many years of they have been in existence in Uganda.

“The woodball federation has only been around for nine years but you have achieved what some sports federations which have been here even before Uganda got independent have done. It is because of your good leadership,” Muramagi said.

He said that in next few years to come, federations/associations will be compelled to ensure descent facilitation for national team before it travels out of the country.  

 

Uganda Woodball Federation used the same function at the MTN Arena, Lugogo to unveil a Ush30m annual sponsorship for the next three years from Buganda Land Board.

Uganda Woodball Federation president Mark Kayongo and Buganda Land Board boss Kiwalabye Male in the presence of Muramagi signed a three-year sponsorship package that will see the regional land board fund the woodball league for the next three seasons.  

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