has asked the Ministry of Education and Sports to avail funds to the Uganda
Basketball team for the FIBA Afrobasket.
The Uganda Silverbacks defeated Morocco 77-65 to qualify for the Afro
basketball championship. The games will be held from 24th August to 4th
September in Kigali, Rwanda.
Parliament has now directed that over 100,000 US Dollars (350 million
shillings) borrowed by the Federation of the Uganda Basketball Association (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 Rwanda.
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.
the Oyam district Woman MP tabled a motion to pay tribute to the Uganda
National Basketball Team the Silverbacks and the Under-16 team. She called
for more support towards the sport including the construction of basketball
courts and provide funds for the teams.
that the girls' team dropped out of the ladies’ category simply due to a lack
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Kayemba the Bukomansimbi MP says that it is unfortunate that the government is
congratulating the Silverbacks and yet it did not provide any support.
Jessica Alupo said that the President will support the basketball team.
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Muyingo, the State Minister for Higher Education said that they will look for
possibilities of facilitating the team.
directed that all money borrowed by the Federation be refunded. She also
directed that the Ministry should come with a statement on Tuesday if the
Silverbacks will be funded for the next games.