JBF reinforces confidence in Jordan Falcons’ upcoming stage

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AMMAN — The Jordan Basketball Federation (JBF) held a press conference on Monday to share updates and details relating to the first national basketball team, the Jordan Falcons.  اضافة اعلان

JBF President  Mohamed Alayyan, Falcons Technical Director Wissam Al-Sous, and his assistant Muhammad Hamdan were speaking at the press conference alongside Falcons Captain Zaid Abbas.

Alayyan praised the national technical staff, especially the technical director, saying: “Wissam Al-Sous has proven his presence on the international scene, and this is evidenced by his strong performance in the Asian Cup. From his thoughtful strategies to his accuracy in planning and assessing the opponent, all of which caught my attention.”

“He (Sous) had an eye for seeing the potential in each player,” he added.

The national team is set to play against the Philippines and New Zealand on Thursday and Sunday, respectively, at 7pm at Prince Hamzah Hall, Al-Hussein Sports City. The matches are part of the fifth window of the Asian qualifiers for the 2023 World Cup.

Winning the two matches will guarantee the Falcons’ qualification for the World Cup.

Alayyan also discussed the recent rumors regarding the suspension of national team player Ahmed Al-Duwairi for five matches, due to his confrontation with the Lebanese national team player Wael Arakji during a match held in Indonesia recently.

“We believed that the case file was closed after all parties were in agreement,” he said. “But we were surprised that the FIBA opened an investigation. We were received a formal address from FIBA, and we refuted the accusations and defended ourselves and our player after communicating with a number of lawyers.”

“We hope that FIBA listens to our side prior to issuing any penalties,” he said, adding that decisions from FIBA regarding the incident might be announced after the conclusion of the fifth stage. 

“We will work to protect our players,” he added.

National team coach, Sous, confirmed that player Amin Abu Hawass will be absent from the Philippines due to injury.

“While we do have some absences and we do have some difficulties — and we do not have the needed rest — our players … will do what is required of them. And we have great confidence in all the players.”

Regarding the readiness of Mohamed Shaher and the extent of his recovery from injury, he said: “Mohamed Shaher underwent a previous surgical intervention and went through two recovery and rehabilitation processes. But, I assure everyone that he will be available to perform during the minutes when we need him. However, he is not physically fully ready yet.”

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