The South Sudan National Senior Basketball Team ‘The Bright Stars” will kick off their group D 2021 FIBA Afrobasket campaigns against Cameroon on Wednesday 25th August 2021.
The AfroBasket which will be hosted in the Rwandan capital Kigali, will see the South Sudan (ese) side playing group favorites Senegal on Saturday 27th August 2021.
The Bright Stars will then await their next opponent from group E, which comprises Cape Verde, Egypt , Uganda and Morocco, the fixture will then be played on 29th August 2021.
As per the draws which were held in Rwanda, South Sudan will face the team that qualifies as second in group E. which is with Cape Verde Island or Uganda.
The 2021 FIBA AfroBasketball Tournament which will be held in Kigali, Rwanda, from August 24 to September 5, will attract a total of 16 teams which among others includes host Rwanda, South Sudan, DR Congo, Angola, Cameroon, Senegal, Tunisia, Central Africa Republic, Egypt, Guinea, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Mali and Kenya, with 2 yet to be determined from group E.
25 Aug, 2021: Cameroon x South Sudan
27 Aug, 2021: South Sudan x Senegal
29 Aug, 2021: South Sudan x 2 GR. E
It should be noted that on May 3rd 2021, the South Sudan Basketball Federation Leadership under their president Loul Deng announced the appointment of Brooklyn Nets Assistant Coach, Royal Ivey as the new South Sudan Senior Men Team Head Coach.
According to SSBF Ivey will head up the senior team at the AfroBasket 2021 campaign which has been scheduled for 24th August-5th September in Kigali, Rwanda.
Ivey during his time as a player in high school led Benjamin N. Cardozo to its first PSAL championship and then attended Blair Academy in New Jersey for a post graduate year, and it was this time that they became teammates with the current SSBF President Luol Deng which led to both players having their jerseys retired together.