AFROBASKET 2021 QualifiersSouth Sudan

Afrobasket 2021 Qualifiers: South Sudan Lost To Africa Giants Nigeria On 5 Points Difference

The South Sudan National Basketball Team pose for a group photo before facing off Nigeria. Photo: FIBA Afrobaset

The second round of the ongoing Afrobasket qualification round in the Tunisian city of Monastir, South Sudan fell to Africa basketball powerhouse Nigeria by 70-75 points in group D which consisted of Rwanda and Mali.  

However to many fans of the Bright Stars, these results shows that the team is learning the tactics of how to beat Nigeria as the first round point difference was 20 points as Nigeria outclassed South Sudan 56-76 in Rwanda in 2020. 

The Tigers of Nigeria, who are currently enjoying the top spot team of the continent in basketball rankings, produced an outstanding performance in the first quarter registering 18 points to South Sudan’s 9 points. 

However South Sudan who came back strong in the second quarter scored 21 points to that of Nigeria 20, The D’Tigers of Nigeria, picked themselves in the third quarter and produced 19 points compared to that of the Bright Stars 18 points with South Sudan reclaiming the fourth quarter 22 to 18 points.

Young focused and talented Bright Star’ player Nuni Omot was the man of the match against Nigeria after scoring 27 points and 4 rebounds over Nigeria’s Ike Iroegbu who managed 16 points and 7 rebounds.

Nuni Omot, Photo: FIBA

After recording a memorable debut performance for his nation in style, this is what Omot will remember for the rest of his life, and this is what he was able to say “WE WANT TO DO SOMETHING BIG WITH BASKETBALL AND ALLOW IT TO HELP US HAVE A BETTER FUTURE. MY TEAMMATES DID A GREAT JOB OF GIVING ME THE BALL AND GETTING ME INVOLVED. WE FELL SHORT BUT I WAS PROUD OF THE WAY THAT WE PLAYED.”

Luol Deng commanding the troops during the game. Photo: FIBA

Speaking after the game, South Sudan head coach who also doubles as the Federation President, Luol Deng said he was pleased with the performance of the team despite the slim loss to Nigeria.

Photo: FIBA

South Sudan will face Mali who beat Rwanda 76-51 at 6 pm local time in the second group game on Thursday. The Bright Stars will then conclude their group D encounter with Rwanda on Friday. The team only requires a win to make it through to Rwanda 2021 Afrobasket competition. 

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