Warriors back court pair. Syrus Kiviiri and Mark Opio Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE
[/media-credit] Warriors back court pair of Syrus Kiviiri and Mark Opio is part of the team Credit: © Kawowo Sports | JOHN BATANUDDE

The final list of Silverbacks that will play at the first round of the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifiers has been released.

Warriors’ Mark Opio and Syrus Kiviiri are part of the six guards on the team. The others are Jimmy Enabu, Robinson Opong as well as returning Josh Johnson and Samuel Mukooza who last played for the team at the 2015 FIBA Afrobasket.

[/media-credit] Robinson Opong Credit: FIBA

City Oilers’ James Okello and Warriors’ Stanley Mugerwa join usual suspects Stephen Omony, Joseph Ikong and Stanley Ocitti in the front court department.

Brandon Sebirumbi who also last played at the 2015 Afrobasket returns to the fold to complete the twelve-man squad.

[/media-credit] Joseph Ikong, Brandon Sebirumbi and Stephen Omony during training at Lugogo Indoor Stadium prior to 2015 AfroBasket. They are all part of the team. Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AISHA NAKATO

The qualifiers tournament will be played from February 23-25 in Bamako, Mali and the Silverbacks need to finish among the top three in a group that has Rwanda, Nigeria and hosts Mali to make the final phase of the qualifiers.

The final team

  1. Jimmy Abraham Enabu
  2. Joshua Johnson
  3. Robinson Odoch Opong
  4. Syrus Kiviiri
  5. Mark Opio
  6. Samuel Mukooza
  7. Stephen Omony
  8. Joseph Ikong
  9. James Okello
  10. Stanley Mugerwa
  11. Stanley Ocitti
  12. Brandon Sebirumbi

Fixtures

  • Friday, Feb 23: Uganda vs. Nigeria
  • Saturday, Feb 24: Mali vs. Uganda
  • Sunday, Feb 25: Uganda vs. Rwanda

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

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