Naghaway praises Houston, confirms Orthodox participation in Arab basketball tournament

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Sharon Houston facing Al-Fuheis players. (Photo: Amjad Al-Tawil/JNews)
AMMAN — Sirsa Nghaway, coach of the Orthodox women's basketball team, confirmed that the team will participate in the Arab women's Championship, which will be held in Amman, and the list of participating teams to be officially announced this Saturday.اضافة اعلان

Regarding American professional Sharon Houston’s presence in the women's Premier League, she said: "It is true that Houston is not considered a player of high caliber, but the budget and the date of the tournament restricted our choice, and yet she provided good numbers in all her games.”

"Usually a foreign player is an addition to the team and not a savior, but bringing a well-known player and paying huge salaries was not an option this season. However, the team put in outstanding performances in the final series and we were close to winning all the finals against a well-rounded and experienced team,” she said.

Naghaway expressed reservations about the compact Premier League table, saying: “The athletes needed a period of time to recover after each game, but unfortunately these considerations were not covered when the program was developed.

Needless to say players were in a state of extreme exhaustion, despite our repeated demands to give more time to recover, especially before the start of the final series.”

Naghaway also thanked the team's therapist, Yasser Khairallah, for his “outstanding efforts and hard work to help the players with various techniques to complete all the matches despite the intense circumstances.”

“I believe that if the women's Premier League had been played according to the FIFA agenda for 2020, which was supposed to start in January of this year and without foreign players, we would have had a greater chance of regaining the title with local players, but we worked within the existing possibilities,” she said.

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