FUBA Hunts For UGX 73m to Send Teams for Zone 5 Event

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Uganda’s national basketball teams could miss out of the 2013 FIBA Africa Zone 5 Championships which take place in Tanzania this month if the local Federation fails to raise Shs73.5 million, the Chairman has said.

Uganda’s national basketball teams could miss out of the 2013 FIBA Africa Zone 5 Championships which take place in Tanzania this month if the local Federation fails to raise Shs73.5 million shillings, the Chairman has said.
 
Ambrose Tashobya, the Chairman of the Federation of Uganda Basketball Associations (FUBA), told Uganda Radio Network this afternoon that money is their biggest problem now and they must find it by next week.
 
Two teams have been named to take part in the regional tournament that takes place in the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam between January 21-27.
 
Tashobya explained that the men and women’s team started training yesterday and they also expect a former American College coach Paul Johnson to arrive next week to help the Ugandan technical team. He is expected in the country on January 10.
 
The tournament will also attract hosts Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti.
 
The President explained that although they are still looking for close to Shs73.5 million to be able to make the trip, they are optimistic they will travel to Tanzania. He said that FUBA had met the Minister of Sports Charles Bakkabulindi on Thursday and he said government will try to see how to help.
 
He explained that the regional Championship will also act as qualifiers for the 2013 Africa Cup later in the year.
 
The FUBA President said since Egypt moved to Zone 2, Uganda now has a strong chance to get the top slot although they will have to battle with strong sides Kenya and Rwanda.
 
The men’s team has some of the stars like Norman Blick, Steven Omony, Ben Komakech and Henry Malinga, while MVP Flavia Okecho will lead the women’s team.