Joseph Ikong, Brandon Ssebirumbi and Stephen Omony during training at Lugogo Indoor Stadium prior to 2015 AfroBasket Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO
[/media-credit] Joseph Ikong and Jimmy Enabu streching after a practice session prior to 2015 AfroBasket. The pair is likely to be part of the 7 local based players. Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

Uganda’s Silverbacks will only have one month to prepare for the 2017 FIBA AfroBasket.

The team learnt of their fate at the September 8-16 event yesterday when the draws were conducted and pooled them in Group B alongside Angola, Morocco and Central Africa Republic.

According to head coach Mandy Juruni, the Silverbacks will start training in two weeks time with the local players who will be joined by the foreign based contingent in Cairo, Egypt after three weeks.

Fifteen local based players will be summoned to the team from which seven will be selected for the camp in Egypt where they will be joined the foreign based players.

City Oilers trio of Stephen Omony, Jimmy Enabu and Ben Komakech are expected to lead the cast of locally based players alongside Power skipper Joseph Ikong while Stanley Ocitti and A’Darius Pegues are two of the foreign based players expected to be on the team.

“We are going to invite fifteen local based players for training to select the seven and the training will start on August 1,” Juruni told Kawowo Sports.

“We will train for three weeks up to the 22nd and on the 24th we will take off for a residential camp in Egypt and that’s when the foreign based players will join us.

“We are going to have five foreign-based players and we will pick seven from here,” he added.

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

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