The national women’s basketball team, The Gazelles, are set to miss forwards Sharon Karungi and Peace Proscovia at the forthcoming Africa Zone V AfroBasket qualifiers that starts March 12 in Cairo, Egypt.
Both Karungi and Proscovia played a big role as the team won the qualifiers tournament held in Kampala in 2014.
Proscovia is actively involved with her netball side in the UK while Karungi, who is pursuing her Masters degree in the US is said to be cautious about the United States of America (USA) immigration ban, something that has been a contentious issue since Donald Trump took office in January.
With the two left out, Martha Soigi, Muhaimuna Namuwaya and Stella Nanfuka remain as the only recognised post players in the squad.
UCU Lady Canons’ duo of Sarah Ageno and Zainah Lokwameri, both small forwards, are the other options to help out in the paint albeit lack the experience at that level.
Egypt, who rely more on finesse and less physicality, can only be troubled and dominated inside the paint.
Kenya, on the other hand, combine a little bit of both but their physicality cannot be questioned.
The two are the other teams to confirm participation at this year’s event in Egypt.