The Uganda Women’s National Basketball, Gazelles team will not
participate in the upcoming Women’s Afrobasket Qualifiers. This was confirmed by the Federation
President Nasser Sserunjoji.
“The Federation of Basketball Associations – FUBA has unfortunately made a
difficult and painful decision to withdraw its participation from the
Afrobasket qualifiers (women) that will take place between 12-17 July after
having confirmed its participation to FIBA” reads a statement in the press
Sserunjoji pointed out the lack of funds to facilitate the team during the
“The decision has been reached after failing to get the much needed financial
support from the government. It is every athlete’s dream to compete at a
continental championship like the Afrobasket and it is deplorable that Uganda
will not take part in this year’s edition of the qualifiers,” Sserunjoji says.
According to Sserunjoji, the National team needed 213 Million Shillings for the
qualifiers and 355 Million Shillings for the Women Afrobasket finals.
//Cue in the gazelles for …
Cue out: … for the finals”//
Uganda was due to play in the Zone Five event on July 12-17 2021 in Kigali,
Rwanda. The Afrobasket finals will take place in Cameroon on September 17-26.
Sserunjoji had earlier submitted a budget of 1.6 Billion Shillings to the
National Council of Sports to cater for three National teams. These include
Gazelles, the national men’s basketball team, Silverbacks and U16 team.