RADES (AfroBasket 2015) - Uganda on Thursday closed their AfroBasket 2015 campaign with a 72-64 victory over fellow debutants Zimbabwe in the battle for 15th-place and Stephen Omwony believes the future of basketball in the country is brighter than ever.
The Ugandans return home with a 1-4 mark and a lot of optimism moving forward.
"We may have lost the title race but we are happy to have learned one or two things from these great countries at a big stage such as the AfroBasket," Omwony told FIBA.com.
The 1.93m guard, who sat out Thursday's contest, averaged 12.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
He stepped up his play against Tunisia and Nigeria, averaging 17.5 points against the two powerhouses, as if he was performing in familiar territory.
We will ensure Uganda does not miss out subsequent competitions especially the next edition in 2017. - Omwony
The 35-year-old says the team will make sure the country qualifies for future AfroBasket competitions by having clear-cut programmes when they return home.
"We want to ensure that we qualify from our [qualifying] Zone.
"Honestly the experience and exposure we've gathered here [in Tunisia] cannot be quantified and if you saw our games you will know we've improved with every game.
"We have come to understand that it is a different setting playing at a stage as big as the AfroBasket and I know perfectly well that our federation too has seen how best to raise a solid national team.
"My conclusion will be to appreciate the opportunity to be among the 16 top teams in Africa and people should watch out for Uganda next time."