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AfroBasket: Silverbacks Coach Galanopoulos upbeat ahead of opener


2021 FIBA AfroBasket
Wednesday, 25th August 2021
Senegal vs Uganda
@Kigali Arena, Rwanda

Albeit facing financial constraints in the build up to the FIBA AfroBasket finals, Silverbacks (Uganda men’s national basketball team) Head Coach George Galanopoulos says that his side will give their all when they face former champions Senegal in their opener today, Wednesday, 25th August 2021 at the Kigali Arena in Rwanda.

Silverbacks who qualified for AfroBasket in July are seeded in Group D with Senegal, Cameroon and South Sudan.

Uganda who will tip-off their campaign against Senegal this Wednesday will later take on Cameroon on 27th August and South Sudan on 29th August at group stage level. The tournament proper tipped off on Tuesday, 23rd August.

For Galanopoulos, the Silverbacks tactician says that his charges have been upbeat in the bubble and will put in a good shift in Kigali.

“There’s been a positive energy within the group (silverbacks) ever since we qualified…the players enjoy being around each other and I believe they will triumph against Senegal” Galanopoulos told FUBA media.

“We can achieve as much as we want…our fate is within our control and we gonna operate that way. We gonna work as hard as we can,” Galanopoulos added.

Silverbacks Head Coach George Galanopoulos. Courtesy Photo

This will be Uganda’s third appearance at the AfroBasket having qualified for and competed at the last two tournaments – Tunisia 2015 and Senegal/Tunisia 2017.

Uganda’s AfroBasket fixtures.

*Senegal vs Uganda, 25th August
*Uganda vs Cameroon, 27th August
*South Sudan vs Uganda, 29th August

2021 AfroBasket Groups

Group A: Rwanda, DR Congo, Angola, Cape Verde
Group B: Tunisia, Central Africa Republic, Egypt, Guinea
Group C: Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali
Group D: Senegal, Cameroon, South Sudan, Uganda


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