The South Sudan National Basketball team started the AFRO Basketball qualification group D games in low stakes after losing to reigning African giants Nigeria.
The action took place Thursday afternoon in a game that showed the Tigers of Nigeria beat the Bright Stars of South Sudan by 76-56 points after the end of the 4th Quarter at the Basketball Arena in Kigali Rwanda.
Ikenna Iroegbu led Nigeria to victory after providing the most wanted points 13 pts, 7 rebs and 8 asts, however South Sudan’s Nyang William Wek scored 10 pts and grabbed 7 rebs.
FIBA AFROBASKET RWANDA 2021 QUALIFIERS.
Q1. Nigeria 22-17 South Sudan
Q2. Nigeria 24-12 South Sudan
Q3. Nigeria 15-20 South Sudan
Q4. Nigeria 15-07 South Sudan
20 Points Difference.Nigeria 76-56 South Sudan. (It was a Number 1 against Number 19 in the FIBA Africa Rankings).
South Sudan’s next match will be against Mali on Saturday 28th November 2020 at the Kigali Arena.
The FIBA AfroBasket brings together the best African players who compete in the world’s leading basketball leagues.
The event is held every two years until now. The next editions will be held every four years.
The 29th edition will take place from 8th to 16th September for the first time in two countries, Senegal and Tunisia.
The teams that have achieved qualification for the Final Round of FIBA AfroBasket 2021 will compete in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers.
South Sudan, last week replaced the Algerian basketball team in Group D of the competition, due to financial difficulties caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
On Tuesday, the South Sudan Basketball Federation released a fourteen man squad that will battle the likes of Nigeria, Mali and hosts Rwanda.
The team comprising mostly foreign-based players is led by team captain Teng Puot who captained the team in Nairobi during the Zonal qualifiers early this year.
The South Sudan basketball team in October took part in a three-nation FIBA AfroBasket 2021 Qualifiers Invitational Tournament.
The team’s participation in the Invitational Tournament came after they failed to make it through the pre-qualifiers held in Nairobi in early 2020.
At the Invitational Tournament, South Sudan lost to Cape Verde in their opening game and won against Chad to finish second, missing out on the top spot.
This week, the Federation President Luol Deng said he will coach the senior men’s national team at the tournament that began on Wednesday.
Three groups have converged in the Rwandan capital of Kigali comprising a total of 12 teams in Group A, B and D while Group E will tussle it out in the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria. Group C with Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Guinea played in Yaounde in the February window.
South Sudan’s Full Squad :
Teng Puot, Bol Bak, Jackson Makoi, Aluk Adub, Athiey Lwal, Peter Jok, Nuni Omot, Kuany Kuany, Nyang Wek, Mangistu Jongkor, Mathiang Muo, Mackuei Puondak, Deng Mayot, Deng Acuoth and Akoy Agau.