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Uganda girls start well in FIBA Africa Zone V U-16 Championship

By Kasozi Balikuddembe

Added 13th June 2019 06:44 PM

Echoes from the Uganda coaching staff have hinted on the possibility of some players on the Rwandan team being overage.

Uganda girls start well in FIBA Africa Zone V U-16 Championship

Part of the Uganda National Basketball U-16 team that is representing the country in the FIBA Africa Nations Championships Qualifiers in Kigali. PHOTO: Michael Nsubuga

Echoes from the Uganda coaching staff have hinted on the possibility of some players on the Rwandan team being overage.

 
FIBA Africa Zone V U16 Championship
 
Kigali-Rwanda
 
June 10-15
 
Selected results
 
Boys
 
Rwanda 96 Uganda 36
 
Girls
 
Uganda 63 Rwanda 55
 
Fixtures
 
Friday
 
Girls
 
Uganda v Tanzania
 
Hosts Rwanda's annihilation of Uganda 96-36 Wednesday in the ongoing FIBA Africa Zone V U16 Championship raised eyebrows especially within the local basketball fraternity.
 
The margin of loss rather than the loss its self brings so much to question. Are the hosts too good or the Junior Silverbacks have drastically dropped in performance?
 
Echoes from the Uganda coaching staff have hinted on the possibility of some players on the Rwandan team being overage.
 
Vicky Ntale one of the managers said: "I love to think that some of these boys are not under sixteen years"
 
Nonetheless, the key to note is that Rwanda are known to have a huge boys project largely considered the best in the region.
 
On the other hand, Uganda has over the last few years proved to be a huge force in the girls' category.
 
For the boys it was a brutal introduction to the campaign, losing their first game in this manner with Rwanda's Kevin Ishema scoring a game-best 20 points in the one-sided affair.
 
The big score ultimately undermined Jonathan Kasilimbi's 10 points from the junior Silverback.
 
Meanwhile, the Junior Gazelles remain rampant in the competition after defeating the hosts 63-55 in their second game of the contest.
 
Maria Najjuma's standout performance made the difference with 31 points and 36 rebounds. The girls are back in the fold Friday against Tanzania.
 
The event is a qualifier for the FIBA Africa U16 Nations Championship 2019 August in Rwanda.
 
EMAIL: kbalikuddembe@newvision.co.ug
 
TWITTER: @ casozi14

 

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