As hours of the kickoff the second round of the Afrobasket 2021 qualifiers draws nearer, the South Sudan Basketball Federation has summoned 15 players to finish the qualification business in Tunisia starting Wednesday 17th February 2021.
In a list shared by the federation on Monday 15th February 2021, the fifteen players mostly dominated by foreign based players have been selected by head coach Luol Deng who also doubles as the federation president.
The team which is currently in Tunisia city of Monastir ahead of the upcoming AfroBasket Qualifiers from 17-19 February 2021 includes; Deng Acuoth, Aluk Adub, Bol Bak, Leek Deng, Peter Jok, Nuni Omot, Deng Riak, Tony Anthony Marino, Mangistu Jongkor, Kuany Kuany, Deng Mayot, Mathiang Mou, Teny Puot, Nyang Wek and long serving player Emmanuel Malou
South Sudan was the immediate replacement for the Algeria basketball team in group D in the 2021 Afrobasket qualifiers with their pedigree in their Wild Card Invitation performance when the Algerians pulled out of the competition, citing financial difficulties due to the COVID_19 pandemic.
It should be noted that the Bright Stars has so far won two and lost one in the first round of the qualifiers held late last year in Rwanda. With loss registered against African ranked number one team Nigeria, and the team registered their wins against Mali and host Rwanda in the group.
The Bright Stars of South Sudan will start their second phase of the Afrobasket 2021 qualifiers against Nigeria on Wednesday 17th, Mali on Wednesday 18th, and conclude with Rwanda on Wednesday 19th February 2021.
South Sudan will only need one win out of the three-game to make it through to the final tournament which will be staged in August 2021 in Kigali Rwanda.