The South Sudan Basketball Federation (SSBF) has confirmed that the foreign based national senior women’s team will start training & preparations for FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2021 Zone 5 Qualifiers.
According to SSBF, the training will be kicking off on 26th June to 6th July, 2021 at Sacramento Kings + G-League Facility in the United States of America ahead of the Qualifiers.
The South Sudan National Women’s Basketball Team head coach Lindsey Harding who will be spearheading the South Sudan women’s team training in Sacramento Kings is yet to reveal the provisional squad or players who will be taking part. However, notably Dallas Wings player Awak Kuier, Adut Bulgak and other notable players.
Harding will be coaching in Africa for the first time and in charge of a “new baby” as the East African nation looks to roll out their women’s basketball team for the very first time in the nine-year old history of the world’s youngest country.
It should be noted that the locally based players who are mostly in East Africa and in South Sudan kicked off preparations and training at Dr. Biar Complex on 23rd May 2021.
“ [Struggle is real in South Sudan, still these young women have committed their energies to train hard for Afrobasket Preliminaries. “South Sudan Senior Women’s National Team Training Camp, Juba”. 29th May 2021 ]’This was what the SSBF Secretary General had to post on 29th May 2021
FIBA Africa has confirmed Rwanda as the hosts of the upcoming FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2021 Zone 5 Qualifiers from July 12-17 at the Kigali Arena in the Rwandan capital.
Five nations including the hosts Rwanda, debutants South Sudan, Egypt, Kenya and Uganda have confirmed participation in the regional biennial competition.
The winner of this tournament will qualify for the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2021 set for September 17-26 at the Multipurpose Sports Complex in Yaounde, Cameroon.