The South Sudan Basketball Federation (SSBF) through the office of Technical and Competition Department, has on Thursday 4th August 2020 called on the Basketball Professionals Players for National Team trainings and preparations ahead of the Afrobasket Qualifiers.
According to the South Sudan Basketball national governing body, the players who are requested to turn up include 1st League Basketball players within South Sudan, Kenya and Uganda to gear up for the Afrobasketball Prequalifiers Tournament scheduled for early October 2020 in the Egyptian Capital Cairo.
As per the letter seen by Kurrasport, the training will kickoff on Sunday 6th September 2020 at Dr Biar Sports Complex at exactly 7:00AM
It should be noted that the Bright Stars beat all odds by pulling an outstanding performance at Nyayo Basketball Court, beating Somalia 112 to 79 during the opening FIBA Afrobasket – Preliminary Phase games. The team also went on to beat Eritrea 111 to 57, Burundi 100 to 59, Tanzania 115 to 60 before losing to eventual Zone 5 winners Kenya by 68 to 74 points.
In August 2020, SSBF through it’s Secretary General disclosed to this website that the South Sudan Bright Stars will play Zimbabwe who are currently ranked at 139, Chad who are ranked at 104, Cape Verde ranked at 97 and Ghana which is ranked at 168 in the world. If South Sudan Bright Stars goes past Cape Verde Island, Chad, Zimbabwe and Ghana, they will then advance to Alexandria Egypt in November 2020 and join Uganda, Egypt, Tunisia in the final qualification round.
There are already 19 participating teams that have made it to the final stage which include Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Madagascar. Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tunisia and Uganda
The total of 20 teams will be divided into five groups of four. The teams will play two tournaments in the international windows.
The top three teams from each group will automatically qualify to the FIBA AfroBasket 2021 to be held in Rwanda.