The Federation of Uganda Basketball Association, FUBA is mobilizing funds to
pay the loan they acquired to help the National Basketball team, Silverbacks
participate in the Afrobasket qualifiers.
Before going to Morocco, the team was financially crippled when the National
Council of Sports-NCS revealed that they did not have funds to facilitate the
National Basketball team in the qualifying games.
However, FUBA was forced to acquire a loan of 100,000 United States Dollars to facilitate the team’s participation
in the qualifiers.
Katabi Vice President of Marketing, media and publicity at FUBA says that the
team needed more than 100,000 United States Dollars to prepare for the qualifiers.
Basketball team spent a few days in Cairo Egypt where they had a partial
training camp as the local-based contingent was waiting to link up with foreign
players before flying to Morocco.
Katabi however says that the Federation is still engaging the National Council
of sports over the matter.
//Cue in the National Council …
Cue out: … borrowed the money”//
Uganda's games were supposed to be played in February this year where the
second window of the qualifiers was organized in Tunisia. However, after
several Uganda team members tested positive for COVID-19, the International
Basketball governing body, FIBA postponed Uganda’s fixtures.
FIBA pushed Uganda's Group E games against Morocco and Cape Verde to be played
between June 15th and 15th July. On July 8 Uganda defeated Morocco and
qualified for Afrobasket games slated in August this year in Kigali, Rwanda
The Sports sub-sector
never received any increment in the 2021/22 financial year budget. Sports
received 18 billion of which 10 billion shillings was allocated to Football. The
remaining sports Federations are supposed to utilize the 8 billion shillings. Uganda
has over 48 sports Federations.