The South Sudan national senior basketball team “Bright Stars” have on Tuesday 31st August 2021 broken a history for the first time since 2017 making it through into the 2021 Afro Basket last 8.
The Bright Stars defeated Kenya 60-58 points in a narrow 2 points difference to book the quarter final slot during the second Qualification Round to the Quarter-Finals, it was as expected by many as a highly-contested game between the two neighboring countries.
Even though South Sudan led Kenya by twenty points at some point, Team Morans never gave up, and almost took the lead later in the game.
However, Kenya’s recurrent struggles to handle the ball proved costly to them after turning the ball over 20 times. Kenya averaged 21.7 turnovers in four games.
“Everybody was hyped up, everybody was ready but they came out and gave the first punch. Give them credit; they did their job. As our coach said, this was the difference of the game,” Kenya Tom Bush Wamukota admitted in the post-game press conference.
In their first-ever AfroBasket appearance, South Sudan advance to the Quarter-Finals where they will take on reigning African champions Tunisia on Thursday 2nd, 2021.
A win for South Sudan will be a remarkable scene since it’s formation of the senior team in 2017 where they defeated Kenya in the preliminary round Zone 5, which was hosted by Egypt.
Under new head coach Royal Ivey, and assistants Joseph Mantegna and Fortune Solomon, the team looks in a fine shape and is ready to hit the ground and give competition to any team that comes by.