As the South Sudan Basketball Team is gearing up for the Afro Basketball 2021 Qualifiers, The South Sudan Basketball Federation (SSBF) has announced their 15 man squad for the tournament ahead of the kickoff on the 26th November 2020 at the Rwandan capital Kigali.
The Bright Stars Senior Men Basketball Team were given another opportunity to qualify for AfroBasket 2021 as FIBA announced the team will replace Algeria who have withdrawn due to COVID-19 complications.
The Squad includes; Teny PUOT, Bol BAK, Jackson Makoi, Aluk Adub, Athiey Lwal, Peter Jock, Nuni Omot, Kuany KUANY, Mangistu JONGKOR, Mathiang MUO, Mackuei PUONDAK, Deng Mayot, Deng Acuoth, and Akony AGAU
The front court returners give the South Sudan team so much depth and versatility with Mathiang Muo (11.2 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 1.2 APG), and Mackuei Puondak (12.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG & 0.8 APG).
However the experience of Emmanuel Malou (12.0, 8.2 RPG & 1.4 APG) will be missed as he has been one of the players who have shown consistent performance at a high level competition.
After being runner-ups in both the Preliminary and Wild Card tournaments, we automatically replace Algeria and advance to the FIBA Qualifying Tournament.
South Sudan will compete in Group D with Nigeria, Mali and Rwanda with the first round of games taking place from 26-29 November in Kigali, Rwanda. A repeat of the same games will happen again in February with the top three teams advancing to AfroBasket 2021.
South Sudan’s quest for a maiden stint in the FIBA AfroBasket was back on track when they were invited for a three-nation tournament which took place in October 22-24 in Cameroon’s capital Yaounde.
After missing out at an initial shot at reaching the qualifying event for the 2021 continental bonanza during the Pre-Qualifiers in January, the South Sudanese hoped to redeem themselves in Yaounde.
South Sudan’s determination to punch their ticket for the qualifying tournament is triggered by the impact an appearance at the FIBA AfroBasket 2021 will have on the world’s youngest nation.