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Team looking to play 20 preparatory matches ahead of Asia Cup finals — coach

First-division national team coach, Marwan Matouq, speaks to assistant coaches, Mohammad Hamdan and Wesam Al-Sous. (Photo: JBF)
First-division national team coach, Marwan Matouq, speaks to assistant coaches, Mohammad Hamdan and Wesam Al-Sous. (Photo: JBF)
AMMAN — The Jordan Basketball Federation has contacted FIBA to find out whether or not the national team will be facing Sri Lanka in the 2021 Asia Cup qualifiers, scheduled between August 17 and August 29 in Indonesia.اضافة اعلان

The national team qualified to the Asia Cup while in the lead of Group F, sharing the position with Kazakhstan (10pts. each), while Palestine qualified for an additional round of the playoffs, where it is set to play Saudi Arabia and India in single-stage segmented playoffs that will see the leader and runner up in each group qualify to the finals.

Trusted sources have informed Jordan News that FIBA Asia and Sri Lanka have agreed for the latter to drop out after declining to attend the last window of the qualifiers, but the JBF has yet to receive official confirmation.

In a phone call with JBF President Mohamed Alayyan, Dar Tucker, Jordan’s naturalized player, assured he would be ready to play alongside his teammates in the Asian finals in August, once he had fully recovered from a knee injury, which required the athlete to undergo emergency surgery.

For his part, coach of the first-division national team, Marwan Matouq, said: “We are holding negotiations with several prospective naturalized players to play as power forwards. But if these negotiations lead to dead ends and Tucker is available, we will not hesitate to call upon him to represent Jordan.”

He added: We need a naturalized player who can serve our team’s philosophy and teamwork…”

Matouq revealed that the national team’s administration wishes to get a head start on Asia Cup preparations, noting that they have requested that more than 20 preparatory matches are organized for the players to monitor their performance and address technical problems as they arise.

Informed sources have told Jordan News that the JBF looking to organize a regional training camp for the national team, possibly in Turkey or Greece, but COVID-19 restrictions may constrain the JBF to holding the event locally.

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