Charles Bakabulindi flags off national basketball teams for AfroBasket qualifiers Credit: © Kawowo Sports | FRANKLIN KAWERU
[/media-credit] State Minister for Sports, Charles Bakabulindi (3rd R) flags off national basketball teams for AfroBasket qualifiers on Thursday evening Credit: © Kawowo Sports | FRANKLIN KAWERU

From the outside, Uganda’s women national basketball team’s (Gazelles) strength is in quick transition and athleticism.

The leader of the group and the most experienced player on the team Flavia Oketcho does not differ from that school of thought.

“Speed is our strength,” she said before the team departed for Cairo. “We are going to play with speed,” she added.

“There are always other options but the whole point is if you have that’s fast, it’s always hard o stop them.”

The star guard admitted there pressure on the team going in the tournament as defending champions puts pressure but said they can only put it to their advantage.

“(Going as defending champions) puts a lot of pressure and every body will be out to get us but it’s only motivation to do better because we want to defend out title and qualify”

On the young team, Flirsh, as she is commonly known said: “To them (playing at this level) is exciting, there is the zeal from them.

“We are optimistic, I’m very optimistic and trust my team. We are going to do the best we can to qualify. We are going to leave everything we have on the court”

Oketcho, the primary point guard is expected to be joined by Judith Nansobya, Ritah Imanishimwe, Martha Soigi and Muahyimina Namuwaya on he first unit while Silver Nakazibwe, Moreen Amoding, Zainah Lokwameri, Sarah Ageno and Jamilah Nansikombi (in the open court) will be key in the second unit.

A1 forward Stella Nanfuka was impressive in practice and could get extended minutes as well.

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

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