Jordan, Qatar to battle today in final showdown before Asia Qualifiers

Jordan’s Ahmad Hamarsheh basketball
Jordan’s Ahmad Hamarsheh attempts to blocks Saudi’s Khaled Abdul Jabbar from scoring, June 6, 2021. (Photo: Jordan Basketball Federation)
AMMAN — Jordan’s first-division basketball team is scheduled to face off against Qatar today (Monday) at the Prince Hamzah Hall (7pm) as the two team continue preparing for the final window of the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers. اضافة اعلان

Jordan will be hosting the qualifiers between June 12 and June 14.

In their last friendly, against Saudi Arabia, Jordan lost to Saudi by a 20-point difference (89-69). Jordan and Saudi will play again on Tuesday in their last friendly before their official qualifier games begin on the June 12.

Jordan’s own Freddy Ibrahim was the MVP during the game against Saudi after scoring 25 points, nine follow through, seven assists, three steals and a turnover.

National team coach, Marwan Matouq said he had complete faith in the ability of thhe players and technical team to get back on track in the qualifiers and perform well in their upcoming matches.

“We have a good team and there is nothing to worry about. This is our team’s first game in its new suit in around 1 year and three months especially that the team is lacking in different aspects of experience,” Matouq said.

I have complete trust in the team. There have been errors on the defensive and offensive sides and we will address them. We scored 16 baskets out of 70 attempts, as well as 5 baskets of 28 attempts from the 3-point line.

Matouq explained that the purpose of friendly matches is to better decide on an appropriate formation, which best fits the players’ abilities and serves in maximizing their performance in official games.

“We tried 12 players in our game against Saudi Arabia. We started with a formation that includes Amine ABu Hawas, Malek Kanaan, Sami Bzai’, Ahmad Hamarsheh and Mohammad Shaher. These five players were switched out with a number of players, including Fredy Ibrahim, Ahmad Obaid. Youssef Abu Wazneh, Ibrahim Hamati, Khaled Abu Abboud, Nader Ahmad and Ghaith Faraj”. Some did well while I hope others can improve their performance,” Matouq added.

He said that the team is expected to perform better in upcoming matches and that the administration takes “full responsibility”, whether they win or lose.

“We cannot make any excuses, but I am certain we will be in better shape for the matches to come and that our performance will continue to improve,” Matouq added.

He continued: “There is no need for concern. These are friendly matches and the idea behind them is to observe and fix errors. They are not a real indicator of performance. The players have the character to perform what is necessary.”

Matouq said that the team is being restructured despite the absence of some experienced players, including Zaid Abbas and Mousa Al-Awadi, in addition to the Kingdom’s naturalized player, Dar Tucker due to injury.

“We have placed 17 players in the health bubble, but their number will be cut down to 14, 72 hours before we enter the FIBA-Asia approved health bubble.”

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