By Thomas Odongo
Uganda female 3X3 National Basket will make their second appearance at the FIBA 3X3 World Cup slated for this Saturday, 9th June in the Philippines after making their debut in the same tournament during the 2014 Russia games in which they finished 14th.
Team Uganda was flagged off on Tuesday at the Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) offices in Lugogo and the four stars to represent the nation are Claire Lamunu (Lions), Sarah Ageno (UCU lady Canons), Jamila Nansikombi (JKL Lady Dolphins) and Ritah Imanishimwe (JKL Lady Dolphins).
Uganda's female charges will represent Africa in the women's Pool but Nigeria and Mali will represent Africa at the men's pool.
Uganda find themselves in a very naughty pool alongside reigning world champions Russia, two-time world winners USA, Iran and Andorra who will all vie for glory in Pool C.
Despite the odds not weighing well in Uganda's favor, Uganda's Coach Hamza Nyambogo has maintained faith on his charges ahead of the global show piece.
''I believe in this team because they have been training hard for the last three weeks. They have since then improved on ball handling, shooting, guarding and generally they have worked on the game fundamentals,'' Nyambogo noted.
Nyambogo also revealed that the criteria for picking the team was based on skills, ability to the play the game, exposure and experience.
The Federation of Uganda Basketball Associations (FUBA) President Ambrose Tashobya noted that, ''as a federation, we are looking forward to a great completion and a great exposure for female basketball players.''
Uganda earned a spot in this year's World Cup after finishing 3rd in last year's 3X3 FIBA Africa Cup held in Togo.
3X3 basketball is played for 10 minutes but the side that can reach 21 points even before the stipulated time will emerge winner.
The games will be streamed live on FIBA YouTube channel.