Ahead of the August 19-30 Afrobasket in Tunisia, Uganda’s team, The Silverbacks entered a residential training camp on Monday.

The team has six local based players and six foreign based players and the last foreign based player Josh Johnson joined the team on Tuesday.

The team undergoes two training sessions and has since had six sessions since. Head coach, Mandy Juruni is impressed with the progress of the team thus far.

“The camp is good. We are making use of the facilities, talking to players and coming for practice as a group which really helps” head coach, Mandy Juruni said after Wednesday’s afternoon session.

“The players are talking to each other and getting to know themselves better and also understanding their strength. It’s a very good situation so far”

Juruni who quickly introduced plays to the players says the players are blending well.

“The fusion is good. I introduced quite a number of plays and we are trying to build on those because its helping players have roles on court” Juruni told Kawowo Sports.

The soft spoken coach reserved some praise for Stanley Ociiti. The skillful Power Forward/Center who along with Brandon Sebirumbi missed the qualifiers last year joined the team for first time.

“He is a big man who can stretch out with the shot and is very effective with his shot. He is a very experienced player and I’m glad to have him on the team along with the rest of the guys.”

The coach says the players are competing and their performance of all players has risen to his pleasure.

“The intensity has increased, the guys are playing hard. They are competing and their performance has really gone up even the guys who play from here. I can see a lot of improvement in terms of performance, intensity and seriousness.”

Meanwhile, the Silverbacks will have will have a tune up game against the international players of the league on Tuesday night at Lugogo Indoor.

Franklin Kaweru is the Editor in Chief of Kawowo Sports. He is an ardent basketball enthusiast.

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