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‘Goal is to build a competitive team’ — Falcon’s coach

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(Photo: Handout from the Jordan Basketball Federation)
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AMMAN — The manager and coach of the men’s national basketball team, Wesam Al-Sous, expressed his pride and confidence that the basketball federation has given him in taking over the management of the team of the Jordan Hawks in future endeavors.  اضافة اعلان

In a statement posted on the Jordan Basketball Federation’s official website, Sous said: “It is a huge honor for me to be the national team’s coach after I was once a player; that is a big part of my life and a double responsibility.” 
He added: “Our current focus is on the Saudi match in the qualifier playoffs of the 2023 FIFA World Cup, and we are preparing for it in our full strength, and our goal is to be a competitive team on the field, regardless of the identity of the players available.”

Sous said that the practices will focus on improving and developing the individual skills of players, noting: “We try to improve the (players’) scoring abilities, address the defensive errors of players, and focus on strengthening the team’s system.”

Sous and his team are also seeking to establish a competitive atmosphere among the players: “I’m thinking about creating competition between local league players and overseas professionals; the door is open to everyone, and we’re trying to give young players the opportunity to prove themselves.”

He said that he hoped the Super League teams would give young players more playing time in the domestic league, so that as coaches they can evaluate the level of players. “The player must have his full chance with his club, until he is included in the national team, not the opposite way,” he said. 

Regarding his goals with the Jordan Falcons, Sous said: “Our main objective is to qualify for the World Cup for the second and third time in the history of Jordanian basketball, along with being among the big four in the Asia Cup, but my personal dream is to reach to the Olympic Games with the team.” 

The basketball federation is exploring the possibility of setting up a training camp in Turkey or Serbia in mid-November, in preparation to play Saudi Arabia at home and then in Riyadh on November 26 and 29.

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