Jordan triumphs against Qatar in friendly

Jordans Ibrahim Hamati maneuvers past Khaled Rushdi
Jordan’s Ibrahim Hamati maneuvers past Qatar’s Khaled Rushdi. (Photo: Jordan Basketball Federation)
AMMAN — Jordan’s first-division basketball team trumped Qatar (69-57) in a friendly that put the two teams face to face at the Prince Hamzah Hall on Monday. اضافة اعلان

The match sought to prepare players for the final window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup in Indonesia.

In remarks to Jordan News, national team coach Marwan Matouq said: “We are very confident in our players, their performance has started to improve and they are playing with more chemistry, but we are still waiting for them to complete their mission.”

“We tried 15 players throughout the game and the team’s offense and defense have both improved, in contrast to their last game, but I still think they can do better,” Matouq added.

Jordan nabbed the advantage against Qatar in the first quarter of the game (24-16) then continued to outplay their Qatari counterparts in the second (21-10), third (14-13) and final (18-10) quarters of the match.

A number of fresh Jordanian faces played against Qatar, including Mahmoud Al-Hazaimeh, Ibrahim Hamati, Khaled Abu Aboud, Ghaith Al-Faraj, Ayman Khaled and Mahmoud Darwish.

Jordan is set to host the Group E and Group F qualifier matches between June 12 and June 14, which will see the Kingdom’s team vying for a qualification card in games against Palestine (June 12), Kazakhstan (June 13) and Palestine again (June 14).

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