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FUBA Struggles to Secure Funds for Afrobasket Finals

Ahead of the games, FUBA does not have funds to facilitate the team. Nasser Sserunjoji, the FUBA President doubts if the team will take part in the games.
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The Federation of Uganda Basketball Association FUBA is struggling to raise funds for the Men’s National Basketball Team, the Silverbacks ahead of the FIBA Afrobasket 2021 finals.   

The silverbacks qualified for the finals after defeating Morocco 77-65 last month. The 2021 FIBA Afrobasket will kick off from August 24 to September in Kigali, Rwanda.  

Ahead of the games, FUBA does not have funds to facilitate the team. Nasser Sserunjoji, the FUBA President doubts if the team will take part in the games. 

“I have no update from the national council, I have no update on whether the team will make it to the games or not”, Sserunjoji said.

Mande Juruni, the coach of Uganda Silverbacks, says that he has embarked on advising players to train on their own because the team has barely had a training camp. He says that he is hopeful if the Federation secures the funds, they will have a one-week training camp in Rwanda before the games begin. He however says that the team has missed the buildup games they had anticipated to play in Egypt. 

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Juruni also revealed that he is in touch with the European based players who are also training for the games on their own.

Juruni also believes that Star player Ishmail C. Wainright who just signed for NBA side Toronto Raptors this month will be part of the team in Rwanda.

This is not the first time FUBA is facing funding challenges. While preparing for the last qualifying games in June, 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.  

Consequently, FUBA was forced to acquire a loan of 100,000 United States Dollars to facilitate the team’s participation in the qualifiers which according to Arnold Katabi Vice President of Marketing, media and publicity at FUBA, the Federation is yet to pay.

Last month, the senior men’s national basketball team visited the Parliament to lobby for funding. Parliament directed that over 100,000 US Dollars (350 million shillings) borrowed by FUBA to send players to the qualifiers should be reimbursed.

Parliament led by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Anita Among also directed that over 177,000 dollars be availed to send the silverbacks team to the Afrobasket will be held from 24th August to 4th September in Kigali, Rwanda.  

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