Sport
Uganda's U18s close in on Zone V title
Publish Date: May 15, 2014
Uganda's U18s close in on Zone V title
FUBA president Ambrose Tashobya credits the increase in young talent for the success so far.
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By Charles Mutebi 

FIBA U18 Zone V Championship

Girls: Kenya 64 Uganda 49

Boys: Uganda 60 Kenya 51

National Basketball League (Friday, YMCA)

Women: UCU v A1

Men: Warriors v KIU 

UGANDA has won just two international basketball titles in its documented history. But in a space of one week, it is on the verge of doubling the tally. 

The national Under 18 team are the new FIBA Zone Five champions after a 60-51 win over Kenya on Wednesday at Lugogo gave them an unassailable lead over their rivals.

The girls are hoping to emulate their compatriots and all they need is a second win over Rwanda on Friday, whom they defeated 50-48 on Tuesday with a last gasp layup from Sumaiya Hasahya. 

Rwanda know a three-point win or more will help them deny the hosts from completing an impressive double but coach Sam Bawayo is confident his side will not disappoint. 

“I am confident we will win,” Bawayo told The New Vision Sport on Thursday. 

Uganda’s two titles are the 2005 FIBA Men’s Zone V championship and the 2009 U-18 girls Zone V crown. Both were claimed on home soil. 

Once again, the comfort of home has proved key in aiding Uganda’s performance in the U-18 competition. FUBA president Ambrose Tashobya also credits the increase in young talent for the success. 

“We have so many good young players coming through,” Tashobya told New Vision Sport.

“In fact, many were left out because we sent their names late for verification. This was the result of the scouting, which had to wait until the end of the national secondary schools championship that just ended the other week”. 

The national U-18 boys side will now go on to compete at the continental stage and they will be hoping to make the trip with their female compatriots. 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Kickboxing: Bwete-Kikenwa fight launched
The match, slated for Independence Day eve, will pit Shakur Yusuf Bwete of Luzira Prisons against Abu Kikenwa of Pentagon club in Natete....
EA Golf Challenge: Slow start for Ugandans
Uganda got off to a slow start in the East African Golf Challenge that got underway at Entebbe Club on Friday....
Mwinyi jets in for cancer run
Rotary Cancer Run Sunday Former Republic of Tanzania President Ali Hassan Mwinyi will be in the country Friday, two days before the Rotary Cancer Run takes place, organisers have confirmed....
Golf: Ugandans confident of EAC victory
Ugandan players and officials were confident of winning the East African Golf Challenge going into day one single matches at Entebbe Club on Friday....
FUFA, USL agree to bury hatchet
Efforts to end the long standing feud between soccer governing body FUFA and USL could soon be history....
Blick’s team keen on a podium finish
The national motocross team is targeting a podium finish in the FIM-Africa Motocross Championship slated for Kitwe, Zambia this weekend....
Do you think the National Census positively contributes to improved Livelihood in Uganda?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter