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FUBA withdraws Gazelles from women’s Zone V Afrobasket qualifiers

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Gazelles Captain Flavia Oketcho (with the ball) in action at a previous international engagement. The Ugandan side will miss the Kigali event due to financial constraints. FIBA Photo

Local basketball governing body, FUBA has withdrawn the Uganda women’s national basketball team, Gazelles from the upcoming women’s Zone V Afrobasket qualifiers due to financial constraints.

“This decision has been reached at after failing to get the much needed financial support from government,” FUBA said in a statement signed by its President, Nasser Sserunjogi.

The women’s Zone V Afrobasket qualifiers will take place between 12th -17th July 2021 in Kigali, Rwanda and FUBA reportedly needed UGX220m to fund the trip.

Over a week ago, FUBA summoned 12 players for a training camp ahead of the Kigali trip but the new measures imposed by government to curb the current surge in Covid-19 infections and deaths became a damper to all plans. This coupled with financial constraints derailed the team’s participation at the event.

With Uganda out, the Kigali Zone V event will now be played by hosts Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan and Burundi.

The winners from Kigali will represent the Zone V region at the event proper, the women’s FIBA Afrobasket Championship slated for September in Cameroon.

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