Zone Five Championship: Gazelles Squad Takes Shape


Gazelles squad has taken shape as the team continues preparations for the upcoming Zone Five Women Championship.

The tournament that will act as qualifiers for the 2023 FIBA Women Afrobasket (Kigali), will be held at Lugogo due February 14-19.

After week one of training under new Spanish Coach Alberto Antuna, the remaining batch has 15 players.

It should be 17 actually but Captain Flavia ‘Flirsh’ Oketcho and Maureen Amoding are still outside the country.

“They will join the team probably when they return early next month,” Assistant Coach Nicholas Natuhereza told The-SportsNation.

“The first week has been good; for starters we have been able to see what everyone can do and cut down the team to a smaller number of those we believe will fit into what we want to do.

“Secondly, we have been able to implement parts of the schemes we want to run and the Ladies have picked them up.”

Fifteen players will resume training on Monday (January 23) at Lugogo.

Youngsters Diana Letaru (Magic Stormers) and Mary Amaniyo (KIU Rangers) have been released.

While Shilla Lamunu (Magic Stormers) has been recalled, as she was listed among the initial 10 dropped.

Natuhereza added: “Going forward we need to teach a lot so that the the concepts become automatic and transferable in to the games.

“Of course we still have to determine the final 12 players from those that we have left and those that will come in later when we get into residential camp.”

A couple of teams are expected to make a trip to Uganda for the Championship including Powerhouse Egypt.

Uganda have qualified for the Women Afrobasket twice in 1997 and 2015, and they will be fancying their chances to return on the continent.

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