FIBA Basketball development program on course in Uganda

KAMPALA (Uganda) – A FIBA delegation led by FIBA Africa’s Development Council President Jean Michel Ramaroson, and the Federation of Uganda Basketball Associations (FUBA) led by president Nasser Sserunjogi are meeting in the Ugandan capital city of Kampala to draw a strategic plan under the FIBA Basketball Development Programme. 

The six-day intense workshop that tipped off on July 2 will go through to July 7 at the Kampala Serena Hotel is also being attended by FIBA National Federations and Sports Manager Florian Pasquet, and Pape Lemou Benga who are helping the Ugandan basketball governing body to establish an implementation roadmap with the available resources. 

This is the third meeting of its kind in Uganda with the first one having focused on a general introduction to the FIBA Basketball Development Program guided by Ramaroson and Benga before a second one that was led by FIBA Coaches Instructor Isley Nelson looked into technical assessment.

 “THIS MEANS A LOT FOR FUBA AND UGANDAN BASKETBALL AT LARGE. IN ANY SOUND ORGANISATION, YOU NEED TO HAVE A STRATEGIC PLAN. YOU NEED TO KNOW WHERE YOU WANT YOUR ORGANISATION TO BE IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS AND HOW TO ACHIEVE THAT.”- Sserunjogi

In an exclusive interview with FIBA.basketball, FUBA president Nasser Sserunjogi, who was elected into office in February admitted at the time that his term in office would be described by grassroots development and with that in mind, this presents an opportunity to benchmark on the possibilities of making this happen. 

He said, “The FIBA Basketball Development Program is very good for the development of basketball in Uganda. With this kind of support and development of our coaches, I believe the game will grow tremendously.”

“So what we are discussing now is for the next two years. However, most importantly is the operational structure that includes governance. We need to change a couple of things for instance the General Assembly must be all inclusive and not only clubs.”

On the matter of governance, Sserunjogi added that, “The Central Board/Executive Committee should have elected and appointed members, non-executive members like Chief Executive Officers/Directors of corporate companies, politicians of Government. This changes the perspective of how people look at your federation.”

“Policies and guidelines, financial and administrative guidelines. All I can say is that if all this is put into perspective and implemented, Ugandan basketball will tremendously improve.” 

Sandra Munduru, FUBA Head of Women’s Commission

“This means a lot for FUBA and Ugandan basketball at large. In any sound organisation, you need to have a strategic plan. You know need to know where you want your organisation to be in the next few years and how to achieve that.”

Uganda is among the beneficiary countries that have the FIBA Basketball Development Program ongoing at the moment including Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda and Senegal. 

 FIBA