The South Sudan National Basketball Team (The Bright Stars) continued with their winning trend as they mercilessly beat host Rwanda in the presence of their head of state H.E Paul Kagame by a 67-55 point margin on Sunday 29th November 2020 on the first phase of the AfroBasket 2021 Qualifiers in Kigali Rwanda. Rwanda 55-67 South Sudan, Q1. Rwanda 12-17 South Sudan, Q2. Rwanda 10-16 South Sudan, Q3. Rwanda 19-18 South Sudan, Q4. Rwanda 14-16 South Sudan.
Sunday’s win makes it two wins out of three as they beat Mali on Saturday by 77-64 points as they look forward to the 2021 February qualifiers in Mali.
The game witnessed a nasy injury to Nyang Wek who went down with a leg injury. While in Nairobi, Wek sustained a broken hand in Kenya in January and the South Sudan Basketball Federation (SSBF) is looking forward to a quick recovery before the February 2021 second phase engagement as the team prepares for a rematch with the same 3 teams in Feb 19th-21st in Mali
Deng Acuoth was the top performer of the day with 12 points, 6 rebound and 3 blocks Deng also registered 17 efficiency passes.
South Sudan is now sitting at the second position with 5 points, 200 points and concedded 195 points in thr three games they played aganist Africa’s number one ranked country Nigeria, Mali and Rwanda.
The four teams Nigeria, South Sudan, Mali and Rwanda will battle in Mali February next year to select who makes the final tournament which will be hosted in Rwanda.
Only three countries will qualify for the 2021 AfroBasket competiton to be held in Rwanda in August 2021
The South Sudan’s Basketball 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.