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Nkumba Ladies lose points over failed Hepatitis B vaccination

Nkumba Lady Marines have succumbed to a 1-0 loss in the best-of-three National Basketball League playoffs, after their opponents A1 Challenge was given a walk-over.

Although the Nkumba ladies team, which stands in the 5th position on the table, showed up to play at YMCA Arena on Friday night, they could not play as they did not get Hepatitis B vaccinations ahead of the playoffs.
The walk-over saw the A1 Challenge team playing among themselves and garnering 20-0 points against absent Nkumba.
A1 challenge (in yellow) in action against KIU recently. A1 were handed a walkover against Nkumba Lady Marines yesterday
According to the Federation of the Uganda Basketball Association (FUBA), all teams were required to get vaccinated ahead of the national basketball league playoffs, but Nkumba Lady Marines who were informed of the call, failed to abide by the federation's health rules.

The communication to the clubs was made last week. Grace Kwizera, the FUBA vice president for publicity and marketing, stated that the teams were given an earlier warning and all of them are expected to abide if they are to play the games.

Only one player in the Nkumba team had been vaccinated by the time of the game. A1 Challenge who stand in the fourth position on the table could not hide their excitement.

"Our road to the championship was made even less bumpy after we walked over Nkumba Lady Marines who failed to abide by the Health rules on Friday evening. A1 Challenge won game one of the best-of-three series with a 20:0 victory over Nkumba Lady Marines (walk over rewarded) after they failed to present their medical clearances," A1 Challenge posted on their social media page.

Nkumba will have to win the remaining two games if they are to stand a chance to proceed to the next level.

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