Claire Lamunu and Sharon Karungi played a vital role at the 2014 Zone Basketball Championship in Kampala as the Gazelles qualified for the AfroBasket Women 2015 tournament in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
Unfortunately the duo won’t be part of the team that touched base in Yaoundé on Wednesday ahead of their first game against Gabon on Thursday.
Lamunu has just joined her US University and it was too soon for her to be released for the championship.
It’s also believed Karungi also based in the US won’t be part of the team because of personal commitments she couldn’t get out of.
However that won’t stop the Gazelles from making sure they are firm enough to be counted with the continent’s best, that’s according to team captain Vickie Ntare.
We will miss them (Karungi and Lamunu), but at the same time we have replacements who are equally good. Teamwork and the zeal will win us games, as Gazelles we have a policy, play your role and teamwork will follow
The team is boosted by centre Martha Soigi, guards Maureen Amoding, Judith Nansobya they all missed the qualifiers.
Not to mention small forward also shooting guard Lisa Karungi whose experience in the Netherlands should also be an added advantage to the Gazelles team that has set a semifinal finish as their ultimate target. Lisa Karungi was also yet to join the team in Yaoundé by Thursday morning.
Peace Proscovia is another that coach Timothy Odeke will be counting on to give the Gazelles presence especially on both ends of the court.
The Gazelle’s haven’t been at the championship since 2007, their Thursday opponents Gabon last appeared at this stage in 2005 when they finished ninth after winning once in five games.
Gabon sealed their ticket after finishing top of the FIBA Africa Zone 3 qualifiers ahead of hosts Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo.
They will have their hopes in power forward Geraldine Yema who helped her French side Villeneuve d’Ascq win the Euro Cup Women this year.
Team in Cameroon: Rebecca Akullo, Moreen Amoding, Flavia Oketcho, Peace Proscovia, Sylvia Nakazibwe, Muhayimina Namuwaya, Judith Nansobya, Vicky Ntale, Martha Soigi and Monica Siima
Uganda’s Group Fixtures
Thursday: Uganda vs. Gabon
Friday: Uganda vs. Mozambique
Saturday: Uganda vs. Cameroon
Monday: Uganda vs. South Africa
Tuesday: Uganda vs. Mali