Alayyan, Halasa praise national team performance in Asia Cup

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Jordan Basketball Federation President Mohamed Alayyan and the Basketball Women's Committee President Dina Halasa at the final FIBA division B basketball game on November 14, 2021. (Photo: Amjad Al-Taweel / Jordan News)
AMMAN —The Basketball Federation President Mohamed Alayyan shared that the expected return of the women's national basketball team, the Falcons, to the International Basketball Federation rankings after their long absence — due to the halt in women basketball team participation in continental championships — is one of the most important achievements in local women's basketball participation.اضافة اعلان

The national team had lost to Lebanon by 80-40 in the final match of the cup for division B.

In an interview with Jordan News, Alayyan said: "Today we have the foundations of a real team who compete seriously, we now realize what we need and what we are supposed to do to win. Our scores in the championship have surpassed our expectations, and I am proud of the player's performance."

"It is true that we did not perform as well desired in the final match … This was due to many reasons, including the intensity of the matches, the extra efforts that the players put in, and the lack of experience at such levels, but I am proud of the players, who proved that they can represent Jordan in a great light, which is why we must continuously support them," he added.

Alayyan also praised the fact that the Falcons' players set up an excellent example for the junior players to follow and look up to. "We have emphasized their capabilities, and now women's basketball started to gain engagement, so we must maintain the players' dynamics and support our national teams."
Alayyan also extended his graduate to the national team's management, led by Faisal Nsour and Nayef Asfour, and stated that they would be meeting soon to evaluate the players' performance and experiences, sharing that they will do so after emotions have subdued.

This he shared will help them "study the important aspects for the next phase."
For her side, member of the Basketball Federation and the Women's Committee President Dina Halasa expressed her pride in the Falcons reaching the finals, assuring her confidence in their participation in the next cup. 

Halasa said: "We played with a very experienced team like the Lebanese, who have participated continuously in the Asia Cup for ten years. Maybe we were anxious about reaching the finals, so we didn't perform as well as expected. But I believe we are on the right path to gaining experience."

"The first three matches in the cup, we performed outstandingly," she added
"We have left a mark that is beyond the championship, in the hearts of Jordanians," she said and added that she hopes that the private sector and sponsors will keep on supporting women's teams.

Halasa also thanked both Al-Ghad News and Jordan News for their special media coverage and for encouraging the players and advertising the game.

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