Uganda suffers defeat to Senegal in the opener of Afrobasketball championship in Kigali .
Senegal led 21-14 after the first quarter and 40-31 at the half before the bottom fell out for Uganda. The Silverbacks were outscored 28-9 in the third quarter and 25-15 in the final frame. The game ended Senegal 93-55 Uganda.
Silverbacks debutant Adam Seiko hit the games high 12pts 3 Reb 1 assist, Kieran Zziwa added 9 while star-player Ishmail Wainwright managed to score 8points and 4 rebounds. This could not stop a dorminant Senegalese team, who looked unstoppable in the 2 later quarters that saw the gap grow by double digits.
Senegal had four players in double figures with Gorgui Dieng scoring a game high 19 points.
With the late arrivals of key players just hours into the silverbacks camp, and required Isolations due to the CoVID-19 guidelines set up by FIBA.
Uganda barely had any preparations apart from a few scrimmage games which they lost one to CAR, there was sure rust in the team.
Uganda is scheduled to return to the floor on Friday at 1PM EAT when it takes on Cameroon. The Cameroon team was forced to forfeit its scheduled opener vs. South Sudan following positive COVID-19 tests to four players plus a training staff member. Further testing is being carried out for Cameroon and FIBA will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation before deciding their status in the event moving forward.