KAMPALA (FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 African Qualifiers) - As 13 players reported to Uganda's first day of training camp for their FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 African Qualifiers on Monday, head coach Mandy Juruni insisted they will not be going to Bamako next month to make up numbers.
And, that was the focal point of Juruni's message to Uganda's 13-man preliminary squad.
And the 35-year-old play-caller made sure to start the country's World Cup African Qualifiers preparations with a group of players that included half of the team that featured at last year's FIBA AfroBasket, namely Jimmy Enabu, Joseph Ikong, Stephen Omony, Jonathan Egau and James Okello.
Foreign-based players are expected to join the team at a later stage of the preparations.
Juruni insisted the Qualifiers should serve as a way to continue building on Uganda's progress registered over the past few years.
At stake in the African Qualifiers are five tickets on offer for the continent's countries to reach the first-ever 32-team FIBA Basketball World Cup taking place in China from August 30-September 15, 2019.