South Sudan soar to unchartered territory

BOITUMELO RANTAO 

THE newest face on the African basketball court debuted at the Federation International Basketball (FIBA) Afrobasket preliminary tournament in Kigali, Rwanda and have become the biggest movers on the FIBA Top 100 World rankings. 

South Sudan found themselves in group D, alongside Nigeria, the number one senior men’s team in Africa, and two formidable foes in Rwanda and Mali. These fixtures painted a steep hill to climb for the nation appearing in their first Federation International Basketball (FIBA) Afrobasket preliminary tournament. 

After a tough opening game going down 56-76 to Nigeria, the South Sudanese regrouped to register back to back victories against Mali and Rwanda. The tournament debutants closed out the first round of games in 2nd place in Group D.

South Sudan basketball federation president admired how they can reshape basketball 

”We want to change the story and narrative about us. We want people to start talking about what we have and what we can bring to the table when it comes to basketball”

After a 2-1 record in the recent AfroBasket Qualifiers, the Senior Men team have jumped nine places, finding their place in the Top 100 FIBA world rankings for the first time.

“We want to let people know that we belong here, each game is our biggest game” the NBA All-star continued 

The team and staff now prepare for the next round of games in Group D taking place from 19-21st February 2021 in Rwanda.

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