Tuesday March 21 2017

Uganda earn Zone V basketball hosting rights

By ELVIS SENONO

KAMPALA.
Uganda’s re-emergence as a force in the Zone V region can be linked to three years ago when the country hosted the regional nation championship.

Then, the country not only qualified both the Silverbacks and Gazelles to the Afrobasket championship, they did so with the latter winning the women’s zonal competition.

Riding the same wave, ladies’ club side KCCA Leopards played at the Afrobasket championship a year later, a feat that was repeated by City Oilers last year after winning the Zone V championship.

In October, Ugandan club sides will again be afforded another opportunity to make the continent’s premier club competition after the country was awarded hosting rights for the tournament.

This followed a meeting held in Egypt after the 2017 Zone V nation championship in which the the men’s national basketball team ensured back to back appearances at Afrobasket.

The Silverbacks finished second behind Egypt following a 95-72 loss in the final over the weekend.

At the same meeting, chaired by Egyptian Hesham Elhariri the Zone V president, it was agreed to petition international basketball governing body Fiba on the number of slots availed to the region at international events.

The region that also includes Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia, Burundi and South Sudan currently holds two men’s slots at Afrobasket and one for the women.

Kenya will meanwhile host the senior men and women 3x3 Afrobasket championship in June as well as the Under-16 Afrobasket tournament.

Zone V club championships due October in Kampala

City Oilers are defending Zone V champions

Winner of 2017 Zone V tournament qualifies for 2018 Afrobasket

essenono@ug.nationmedia.com

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