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Deng Acuoth Among 10 Standout Players In First Phase Ahead Of AfroBasket 2021 Qualifiers

Deng scoring a point a while in Rwanda in 2020

South Sudan’s national team basketball center forward Deng Acouth was among the 10 standout players in the first phase of the Afrobasket 2021 qualifiers according to the Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA). 

Acuoth who is 24 years old was on October 2. 199 is 211 cm (6ft 11in) height and is currently playing at the National Australian Basketball League with South East Melbourne, however his Current NBA Status is indicated as Unrestricted Free Agent, meaning his agent Daniel Moldovan will have a chance of getting for him a new club.

Achouth is mostly described as a Game-changer after his perfect displays in Kigali,  and Coming off the bench in all South Sudan’s three games, Acuoth managed to make the most of his minutes finishing with a team-high 10 points per game.

Known for his defense and rim protection ability, Acuoth emerges as a vital player for the South Sudanese in the race for their first-ever AfroBasket appearance. is yet to know if he will be part of the Bright Stars squad to travel to Tunisia in February 2021. 

Other players who showed a standout performances includes; Clevin Hannah (Senegal), Ishmail Wainright (Uganda), Ivan Almeida (Cape Verde), Omar Abada (Tunisia), Ikenna Iroegbu (Nigeria), Ibrahima Faye (Senegal), Robinson Opong (Uganda), Myck Kabongo (DR Congo), and Tylor Ongwae (Kenya) 

South Sudan which is in group D, alongside Rwanda, Nigeria and Mali will play it’s second phase of the Afrobasket 2021 qualifiers in Tunisia from February 17 to 21, 2021.

The Bright Stars are going into the second phase as favourites after finishing second in the first phase which was hosted in Kigali Rwanda after beating host Rwanda and Mali, losing to African giants Nigeria in their opening group D fixture. 

In case hosts Rwanda is ranked first, second or third in their group, then the three highest-placed teams will make it to the final tournament from Group D. This also means that the best fourth-placed team in all the five groups, based on the classification rules of the Official Basketball Rules, shall obtain the last spot for the FIBA AfroBasket 2021, making a total of 16 teams. 

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