In an electrifying showdown at the Women’s Afrobasket championship in Kigali, Rwanda, the Uganda Women Gazelles made history with a resounding victory over their neighboring rivals, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The 78-62 triumph marked Uganda’s first-ever qualification to the knockout round of Africa’s esteemed premier basketball competitions, setting the stage for an exhilarating quarter-final derby against hosts Rwanda.
From the opening minutes, the intensity of the game was palpable as both teams fought hard to gain an advantage. The first half concluded with a thrilling tie, with both Uganda and DRC locked at 30-30 points. However, in the second half, Uganda’s exceptional skills and strategic brilliance came to the fore, allowing them to surge ahead and secure a convincing 78-62 victory by the final whistle.
Leading the charge for Uganda was the exceptional Janon Otto, whose outstanding performance contributed 18 points and 9 rebounds to the team’s success. Not to be outdone, Hope Akello’s commanding presence on the court was evident as she grabbed an impressive 11 rebounds and scored 6 points. Claire Lamunu and Melissa Akullu also showcased their skills, with Lamunu scoring 12 points and securing 14 rebounds, while Akullu added 10 points and 9 rebounds to the team’s triumph.
The Uganda Women Gazelles’ remarkable teamwork and determination were a testament to the expert guidance of Coach Alberto Antuna. Under his leadership, the team displayed exceptional coordination, securing their well-deserved spot in the quarter-finals.
Looking ahead, Uganda faces a formidable challenge in the quarter-final derby against Rwanda. As the hosts of the tournament, Rwanda is eager to defend their home turf and claim victory. The high-stakes match, scheduled for Wednesday at 7 pm in East African time, will determine which team qualifies for the semi-finals and inches closer to the coveted Women’s Afrobasket championship.
The anticipation is mounting as fans eagerly await the thrilling showdown between Uganda and Rwanda. The clash promises to be filled with adrenaline and passion as both teams vie for the prestigious title in African women’s basketball. With Uganda’s historic qualification and Rwanda’s home advantage, the stage is set for an unforgettable spectacle that will keep basketball enthusiasts on the edge of their seats.
The Uganda Women Gazelles’ triumphant performance against the Democratic Republic of Congo has captured the nation’s attention and ignited hopes of securing the coveted Women’s Afrobasket championship. As they face the daunting quarter-final derby against Rwanda, the Gazelles are determined to continue their extraordinary journey and make a lasting impact on the African basketball scene. Basketball fans across the continent eagerly await the outcome of this thrilling contest that promises to be etched in the annals of women’s basketball history.