A times seeking help and advice beyond borders can change fortunes for a blunt side.
The first warm up game for Team Uganda indicated there were many gaps that needed a little more enhancing.
And even prior to that 70-68 win over a Select side, local body FUBA had already planned to hire US-based coach Paul Johnson to watch the final practice of the national teams ahead of the FIBA Africa Zone 5 Championships.
Johnson arrives on Friday at midday so that he can watch the teams’ drills at Lugogo.
Of course he won’t change much. “He will give advice but he won’t change everything,” FUBA boss Ambrose Tashobya said.
“Whilst here we wish to take advantage of his presence and have asked him to share with you all his experiences by way of clinics from next Monday 14th to Thursday 17th,” read part of a statement from FUBA.
According to the US college basketball website www.usajaguars.com, Johnson is an experienced coach with attention detail to statistical analysis.
The sides (both men and women) will have their final warm up games in the evening as they put final touches for the January 21-27 showpiece slated for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.