Gazelles Picked Lessons from Loss to Egypt - Odeke

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On Tuesday night, Silverbacks, the Ugandan men's team failed to show the character used to stop Somalia in the opening game when they lost 77-85 to defending champions Egypt. The home side played their hearts out, but failed to tame the patient and tactically superior Egyptian team.

The Head Coach of the women's Basketball team (Gazelles), Timothy Odeke promises a changed side when the team faces Kenya this afternoon in the on-going 2014 FIBA Africa Zone 5 Championship.

Odeke told URN during an interview in kamala that they learnt a lesson when the team lost their opening match to Egypt on Sunday at the Lugogo MTN Arena.

The Coach said the presence of Peace Proscovia who missed the first game will be very vital because she is good defensively and going forward.

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Proscovia who was part of the National Netball team, ‘She Cranes' that won all their games in Botswana to qualify for the 2015 World Cup in Australia returned on Monday. After the women's game today, Rwanda who won their opening game against Kenya will battle Somalia in the men's category.

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On Tuesday night, Silverbacks, the Ugandan men's team failed to show the character used to stop Somalia in the opening game when they lost 77-85 to defending champions Egypt. The home side played their hearts out, but failed to tame the patient and tactically superior Egyptian team.

In the other game played yesterday, Rwanda stopped Kenya 82-77. Rwanda who lost the opening game on Sunday to defending champions Egypt 79-63 came back charged for the game against Kenya, attacked in numbers and defended well.

Egypt is the defending champions after beating Rwanda last year in the final. The other teams in the men's category include; Somalia and Burundi. The women's category is represented by Uganda, Burundi, Egypt and Kenya.

The teams that win the event will automatically qualify for the Afro Basketball and next year's All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville. Uganda's men's team last won the Zone 5 championship in 2004.