The South Sudan National Women Basketball team had a rough outing at the ongoing FIBA Afrobasket Zone 5 pre qualification round in Kigali Rwanda. Although the team had a spirited display in their last group game against host Rwanda.
The Bright Starlets lost their opening game to Egypt with a 30 point difference 65-95 on Day 1, on Day 2, the team also went on to lose 48-66 to Kenya in an 18 points difference on, with the Day 3 results almost going to the Bright Starlet side on the 3rd Quarter with a 31-39 lead, however it had to end in 65-52 to hosts Rwanda to leave them on a winless in the situation.
Speaking after the matches, Coach Lindsey Harding says she is proud of her team for showing they are not quitters.
“It was so much fun and I still thought we should have won,” Lindsey said.
“I told them it was the third game in three days and coming out with that passion shows they are not quitters, that shows they have true hearts. That shows how good we will be as we grow in the future.”
“They came together as a team without us (Coaches) because they had to figure certain things out; but the biggest part was I wanted to see the heart and they did show that. In the end when I walked in and asked was that fun? They said it was a lot of fun,” she added.
This is first time South Sudan is being represented by a Women’s team in FIBA Basketball games with Women taking a center stage
The team will return to court again today Friday 16th to face Egypt in the semifinal and Lindsey says they will try to rest and recover, adding that the “next two games are the ones that really matter”.
Kenya will face hosts Rwanda in the other semifinal with both winners meeting in Sunday’s final while the losers will contest a third place finish on the same day.
The winner of this qualifier will earn a spot in the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2021, to be held in Cameroon in September.