Alberto Atuna | Credit: FUBA

The Federation of Uganda Basketball Association (FUBA) unveiled Alberto Antuna as the new head coach of the Women’s National Team, Gazelles.

The 31-year-old Spanish coach boasts of ProA (second-tier league of professional club basketball in Germany) coaching experience and works with Montenegro national team as the assistant coach.

“I’m really excited to be here and have this opportunity with the women’s national team of Uganda,” Antuna told Kawowo Sports.

Antunas first assignment is to deliver AfroBasket Qualification that eluded the Gazelles the last time they participated in the qualifying tournament.

This year’s zonal qualifying tournament will be played in Kampala at Lugogo Indoor Stadium from February 14-19 and Antuna will have to steer the team without any pro or college players.

“Knowing that we won’t have players that are in the US college program [for the tournament], we want to build the best possible team for this tournament with the local players that played in the local league last year,” he said.

Alberto Antuna and FUBA President Nasser Sserunjogi | Credit: FUBA

Despite being a first time coach on the continent, Antuna insists basketball is the same across the globe and the only difference is physicality which he can only harness to make the team perform.

Basketball is the same everywhere but maybe African basketball is a bit physical and European game is more tactical but I think we need to take advantage of the physical part that African basketball has and combine I with the tactical aspects and try to play the best. basketball possible.

Alberto Antuna, Gazelles Head Coach

Antuna wants his team to enjoy playing the game but insists they have to play smart, up tempo and must be defensively sound.

“First, I want them (Gazelles) to enjoy [playing basketball]. We are going to try and play beautiful basketball… run, defend… and play beautiful basketball. I need to look at the girls to know what they are capable of and from that point, we will find the best style to play and compete to put the opponent in difficult moments.

“I like defensively sound basketball and [advancing] from defense, I want [the team] to run, play aggressively and as fast as possible. Obviously, we need to be smart, we can not always run.

“We will put focus on our strengths and enjoy playing basketball”

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

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