The Gazelles, Uganda’s national women basketball team, last qualified for the FIBA AfroBasket five years ago. It was also the first time for the country to qualify for the continental championship.
Back then in 2014, the group took full advantage of the home crowd and edged Egypt to the regional ticket for the 2015 Women’s AfroBasket that was hosted by Cameroon.
And in a fortnight, the Gazelles will be playing in front of their home crowd again as they look to qualify for the 2019 showpiece.
A team of twelve (12) to play at the June 26 to July 1 qualifying tournament at Lugogo Indoor Stadium in Kampala was revealed on Thursday and has two foreign-based players.
Kouvottari forward Claire Lamunu who was part of the history-making roster is joined by Urysla Cotton Kerenza who turns out for Women’s British Basketball League side BA London Lions. Cotton is expected in the country over the weekend.
Flavia Oketcho, who was part of the Gazelles that qualified for their inaugural African event, will the lead the team that has Martha Soigi and Judith Nansobya the only other players on the roster who were part of the set up five years ago.
Last season’s Women’s National Basketball League MVP and top scorer Brenda Ekone as well as the finals MVP Jamila Nansikombi are included on the team that will be coached by Nick Natuhereza assisted by Ali Mavita.
Backcourt: Flavia Oketcho (JKL Lady Dolphins), Judith Nansobya (KCCA), Rita Imanishimwe (JKL Lady Dolphins), Brenda Ekone (Nkumba Lady Marines)
Frontcourt: Jamila Nansikombi (JKL Lady Dolphins), Zainah Lokwameri (UCU Lady Canons), Sarah Ageno (UCU Lady Canons), Priscilla Abbei (UCU Lady Canons), Claire Lamunu (Kouvottari, Finland), Hope Akello (JKL Lady Dolphins ), Martha Soigi (KCCA Leopards), Urysla Cotton Kerenza (BA London Lions)