The Silverbacks don’t play their first Afrobasket game till September 8
2017 Afrobasket (men)
Dates: September 8-18
Host Cities: Tunis & Dakar
Group A: Nigeria, DR Congo, Mali & Cote d'Ivoire
Group B: Angola, CAR, Morocco & Uganda
Group C: Tunisia, Guinea, Rwanda & Cameroon
Group D: Senegal, Mozambique, Egypt & South Africa
Sept 8 v Angola
Sept 9 v CAR
Sept 10 v Morocco
Dates: August 25 - September 6
Uganda v Egypt (27 & 29 August)
The Uganda Silverbacks are off to Dakar, through Alexandria, for the 2017 Afrobasket Championship.
State minister for higher education Chrysostom Muyingo flags off the team. PHOTOS: Mpalanyi Ssentongo
The national men's basketball team were officially flagged off this afternoon by state minister for higher education Chrysostom Muyingo at the headquarters of the National Council of Sports and immediately headed to the airport for the flight to Egypt.
"Go and represent us well," said Muyingo. "Be very disciplined because when people see you we want to think well of Uganda."
The Silverbacks don't play their first Afrobasket game till September 8, when they face pretournament favourites Angola, but they are hoping to make the most of the next two weeks getting ready.
They will spend a 10-day camp in Alexandria to allow incoming head coach George Galanapolous a chance to blend his players, which include nine locally-based and four coming from North America, into a cohesive unit.
This will be Uganda's second appearance at the continental showpiece, their first coming two years ago in Tunisia. They finished 15th out of 16 teams.
National team squad
S. Omony, J. Ikong, J. Enabu, B. Komakech, J. Okello, J. Egau, C. Kiviri, J. Otim, S. Mugerwa S. Ociti, S. Kalwanyi, A. Pegues & R. Odoch.