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Afrobasket: Gazelles assistant coach, Natuhereza not raising Uganda’s hopes

by Ivan Kaye
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Uganda’s National women’s basketball team, the Gazelles, have already intensified preparations for the FIBA Women’s Afrobasket.

It’s only the fourth day of training and Gazelles deputy head coach Nicholas Natuhereza is not about to draw unrealistic conclusions ahead of the tournament.

He however insists the team will give their all, acknowledging that as underdogs, it’s all they can do if they’re to stand a chance against their opponents that include Mali and Senegal.

“The team is training well, they are putting in the work and the players are starting to get in proper shape,” Natuhereza told the press on Thursday.

“We know our opponents are strong and established, we’re clearly the underdogs, but we just have to keep working hard.”

“We shall just give all we have, compete and leave the rest thats not in our hands,” he added.

The summoned team has 19 players including nine foreign-based players and ten locally-based stars.

Lydia Babirye, Jane Asinde, Priscilla Abby and Victoria Mukisa, who are all based in the US are in the country and are all training with the team.

“The team we called is good and better than what we had in the qualifiers in all the departments, with all due respect,” Natuhereza assured.

The team’s head coach Alberto Antuna is yet to join the team as he is expected to jet in on July 10.

Trainings at the moment are being conducted by Natuhereza and Ali Mavita.

Uganda is pitted in Group C alongside record champions Senegal and Mali.

Photo Credit: FUBA Media

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