Abbas leaves door open to coaching after leaving Falcons

Zaid Abbas
Former captain of the Jordan Falcons, Zaid Abbas, is pictured in this undated photo. Abbas announced he would be leaving the team on Friday. (Photo: Handout from JBF)
AMMAN — Captain of the Jordan Falcons, Zaid Abbas, announced he would be leaving the team after nearly 16 years on Friday.اضافة اعلان

"There isn’t a better opportunity to announce the end of my international career with the national team," Abbas said.

The basketball player will go down in Jordanian sports for his achievements, the latest of which was winning the 10th edition of the King Abdullah II Basketball Cup.

Abbas, 37, started his career at Jabal Al-Nar, with the Ebal Nablus club. He would later go on to join the Arena Club in 2002, before winning the FIBA Asian Champions Club title in 2006. He then moved on to play with the Applied Sciences University in 2008, before leaving in 2009 to pursue a new professional career in the Chinese Super League with the Shanghai Sharks.

Speaking to Jordan News, Abbas said: "I think the future of Jordanian basketball is fine, if the young talent we have is maintained and developed.”

Abbas said he looks forward to breaking into the coaching world in the future. "I have a lot of ideas and I have a lot of options, but I haven't made a decision I'm going to play in the Premier League for now, and when I retire, I will have decided my future."

The Al-Ahli Club star praised Jordan's many outstanding local coaches, saying: "We have local coaches on a high level, and Wissam Al-Sous has proven his worth in managing the national team's matches in the King's Cup.”

He added that his younger brother, Hashem, will continue the Abbas family legacy with the national team in the coming years. "Hashim Abbas is going to study his masters at the University of Florida, and then will return to join the national team.”

Abbas also stressed the importance of athletes marketing themselves in foreign leagues. "Every player needs a successful agent who markets them in the right way externally and negotiates (well)," referring his professional experience in China.

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