With less than eight days left to face Morocco in the rescheduled FIBA AfroBasket qualifiers, Uganda National men’s senior basketball team (Silverbacks) head coach George Galanopolous insists they are doing the best to win this game.
Galanopolous was reflecting on what the team’s chances are for making the Afrobasket finals in Kigali, the new faces on the team and what has to be done to get the desired results in the upcoming qualifying games.
Uganda will play Morocco next Thursday in Rabat during the first of the two qualifying games for the AfroBasket 2021 due to be held in the Rwandan capital between 24th of August and 5th September this year.
“We are not even thinking of what our chances are to make it to Kigali, we are just taking day by day, practice by practice and preparing so that we win this game. It doesn’t matter how much time we have or whether we have adequate time. The time we have is what we have, we have a week and we want to do the best to prepare and win this game,” He said.
The summoned squad is currently training in a residential camp in Cairo, Egypt with two new faces in guard Keiran Zziwa (University of Manitoba Bistons) and Mohamed Ghedi.
“I’m very excited to be working with everybody at the team. The new guys that we have are very talented and good people who are going to be with us. We need to maximize our time and the time we have to see what happens next Thursday,” the coach added.
The Silverbacks successfully held their second training in Cairo ahead of their trip to Morocco on July 5th. Uganda will have an extended trip to Cape Verde on the 15th in case of a defeat in Rabat.