While the men’s national team, the Silverbacks, is still concentrating on dominating Zone V, the national 3×3 U18 team has a chance of making a maiden appearance at World Cup.
Last week, team head coach Hamza Nyambogo named an eight-man squad for the upcoming FIBA 3X3 U18 World Cup that is set for June 28-July 2 in Chengdu, China.
The team, comprising of youngsters from different schools, started preps over the weekend in a bid to be ready for the world event.
Junior NBA League revelation Fayed Bbale is one of the eight selected players working for the ticket to the event that will mark Uganda’s debut at a World Cup across all basketball avenues.
The other players are Yusuf Budda, Arnold Kiseka, Rajab Mpima, Victor Bwana Ainebyoona, Abbey Kasalirwe Mukisa and Henry Okoth.
Prior to the world event, Uganda will compete at the FIBA U16 African Zone V qualifiers due June 1-4 in Mombasa according to Nyambogo.
After regional qualifiers, the final team of four will start residential training before flying to China for the historic moment in Ugandan basketball.
3×3 basketball is still finding its feet in Uganda and East Africa as a whole.