After spending almost three days in a funding crisis, the Federation of Uganda’s Basketball Association (FUBA) has finally secured funds for the National Basketball team, the silverbacks to take part in the first window of FIBA World Cup qualifiers.
The Local basketball governing body had confirmed earlier on 23rd November 2021 that the silverbacks team will not take part in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers window 1 in Benguela Angola from 26th to 28th of November 2021.
FUBA President Naser Sserunjoji had made it clear that the Federation was informed by the government through the National council of sports that there are no funds to facilitate the team for that particular tournament.
One day to the event, the latest development from the local basketball governing body confirms that the team finally secured the funds from the government and the team traveled today early morning to take part in the world cup qualifiers. The team needed over 380 million ugx to take part in the first window
“The senior men’s National Basketball team the silverbacks will travel this morning at 3:00am to Benguela Angola to take part in the first window of the AFIBA world Cup qualifiers scheduled to tipoff on the 26th November 2021”. Reads a statement from the FUBA
“The Federation of Uganda’s Basketball Associations would like to appreciate the government of Uganda through the sports for the timely financial support to enable the team to compete in this window”. Another statement from FUBA
Uganda is in Group A alongside Mali, Cape Verde and Nigeria, the silverbacks first fixture will be against Mali on November 26 before locking horn with Cape Verde and Nigeria on November 27 and 28 respectively. Uganda will have to finish in the top three if they are to advance to the next level.
This is however not the first time, the basketball team is having funding issues, during the Afro Basket games in Kigali, the silverbacks operated on credit and until late after the games when the first son, Lieutenant General Muhoozi Kainerugaba cleared the team’s bills.