The team overcame Rwanda 77-64 on Friday night in the semifinal of the Zone V qualifiers in Cairo, Egypt as they return for Afrobasket for a second time in a raw.
“Wow! This is fantastic. They (men’s team) have not ashamed us. Indeed we saw the potential in them and could not let them miss the opportunity to showcase it,” Muramagi said on receiving the news of the team’s qualification.
NCS gave the men and women basketball teams 32 tickets air-tickets worth Ush80m to travel for the qualifers at a time the basketball federation FUBA had almost given up on sending them for the FIBA Africa Zone V Afrobasket Qualifiers in Cairo, Egypt.
CoRSU Hospital has donated 140 boxes of wrist braces, elbow, ankle and thumb and knee stabilizers to National Council of Sports (NCS).
The equipment will be extended to different sports federations and associations in Uganda to address issues of injuries to the players.
While receiving the equipment, NCS Human Resource officer Tito, CoRSU Chief Executive Officer Simpson Malcolm said that the donation was part of their contribution to address the rampant problem of injury among Ugandan sports men and women.
Tito said that through the compliant national federations and associations, NCS will distribute the donation to athletes who deserve to benefit from it.
CoRSU with the help of University of British Columbia Sports Medicine Clinic in Canada and NCS will organize a two-day course on how to handle injured players.
The course will be for coaches, nurses, physiotherapists and any other medical officers involved in support of teams and individual athletes.
NCS and CoRSU have continued to work together in a bid to address the problem of injury among sports men and women in Uganda.
Last year CoRSU and NCS held a one day course for nine physicians, 15 physiotherapists, eight coaches and six sports administrators among nurses and nutritionists to improve on the situation of sportsmen and women in Uganda.
National Council of Sports has given the men and women national basketball teams 32 air tickets worth shillings 80 million to allow them travel for the FIBA Africa Zone V Afrobasket Qualifiers in Cairo, Egypt.
The Uganda Gazelles and Silverbacks fly out to Cairo early Friday ahead of the tournament between March 12-18.
NCS chairman Bosco Onyik announced the support saying it is because Federations of Uganda Basketball Association (FUBA) is well organized as well as producing good performances.
The team was flagged off by the state minister for sports Charles Bakkabulindi at NCS offices in Lugogo Thursday afternoon.
He advised the contingent to ensure that Uganda performs well and ease restoration of memorandum of understanding between the two governments to promote sports.
NCS had offered part of the FUBA budget of ($33, 000) but was forced to come in to give full support because the federation had failed to raise the rest of the money.
FUBA president Ambrose Tashobya appreciated NCS saying that without the support, they had failed to take the teams for the tournament.
NCS general secretary Nicholas Muramagi said that the gesture was the beginning of their new policy to fund performing associations/federations in Ugandan sports.