FUBA unveils Spanish coach ahead of 2023 Afrobasket qualifiers

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By Morris Rawal

The national women’s basketball team of Uganda will be coached by Spanish coach Alberto Antuna as they attempt to earn a spot in the 2023 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket, which will be held in Kigali, Rwanda.

From February 14 to February 19, a Zone V qualification will be held in the Lugogo indoor Arena to kick off the season.

Antuna joins the Gazelles from Montenegro, and the technical bench will include Henry Malinga, Mavita Ali, and former head coach Nicholas Natuhereza.

African superpowers including Egypt, Rwanda, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Somalia will compete in the qualification for a ticket at the Women’s Afrobasket competition.

As part of their preparation, the Gazelles also called up a preliminary roster of 28 players, which will eventually be reduced to a final 15-woman team that will represent Uganda in the championship, starting next month.

Brenda Ekone, the leading scorer in the women’s league, and teammates Evelyne Nakiyingi and Flavia Oketcho from the JKL Lady Dolphins are among the 28.

Players were Margaret Bagaala, Faridah Kandondi, and Shakira Nanvubya from the KU Ladies, Bridget Aber, Agatha Kamwada, and Fildauce Namuleme from the KIU Rangers.

The summoned players will now gather for a non-residential training session that will last for the following 10 days. Once the final team is named, a residential camp will be held.

Summoned Team

Evelyne Nakiyingi (JKL Lady Dolphins), Winfred Akello (Miracle), Flavia Oketcho (JKL Lady Dolphins), Sarah Ageno (JT Lady Jaguars), Shakira Nanvubya (UCU Lady Canons), Bridget Aber (UCU Lady Canons), Fildauce Namuleme (KIU Rangers), Becky Longom (KCAA Leopards), Angella Namirimu (KCCA Leopards), Sarah Namale (Nabisunsa Girls), Brenda Ekone (JKL Lady Dolphins), Rebecca Anyu (KCCA Leopards), Shila Lamunu (Magic Stormers), Rita Imanishimwe (JKL Lady Dolphins), Amoding Moreen (JT Lady Jaguars), Perus Nyamwenge (KIU Rangers), Shadia Mbwali (Nkumba Lady Marines), Agatha Kamwada ( UCU Lady Canons), Diana Letaru (Magic Stormers), Azida Nabayunga (UCU Lady Canons), Zaina Lokwameri (JT Lady Jaguars), Margaret Bagaala (KU Ladies), Mary Amaniyo (KIU Rangers), Leticia Awor (KCCA Leopards), Faridah Kandondi (KU Ladies), Hope Akello (JKL), Sharon Kirabo (KIU Rangers), Sylvia Nantongo (SMASK)

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