The Federation of Uganda Basketball Association (FUBA) is looking into three changes for the 2020 National Basketball League (NBL) if and when the partial lockdown is lifted.
Before the suspension of all public gatherings by president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni as a way of combating the COVID 19 pandemic, the National Basketball League was supposed to tip-off in March.
A document released by the Federation president, Nasser Sserunjogi indicates that FUBA is considering omitting some activities on this year’s calendar.
The three options being looked into by the Basketball Federation include;
(a) To play a one leg round league where the top 4 teams in each division qualify for the semi-finals.
(b) A Tournament based competition where we have teams grouped in different divisions, and then the top four teams qualify for the semi-finals.
(c) If time doesn’t allow us to have the above two options by end of October 2020, then we shall be left with no option but to cancel the league. However, we shall either have a knock out tournament, which includes all teams from the different divisions, or short 3×3 tournaments to engage our players and fans with some basketball activity for the year 2020.
FUBA also revealed that the lower divisions shall follow the same format of one leg/round if time allows.
Also, there are still hopes for the National teams to take part in the 3X3 Africa Cup and Afrobasket Qualifiers which are scheduled in November this year.
Other international activities which are still in contention amidst the COVID 19 crisisinclude the AfroBasket Zone V Championship and the Basketball Africa League (BAL) Qualifiers slated for October.