Falcons’ World Cup journey requires ‘major support and huge budget’ — Alayyan

Mohamed Alayyan
The president of the Jordan Basketball Federation, Mohamed Alayyan. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN —The Jordan national basketball team needs “major support and a huge budget” to prepare for the upcoming World Cup, said Mohamed Alayyan, the president of the Jordan Basketball Federation (JBF). اضافة اعلان

The tournament will be hosted by Indonesia, Japan, and the Philippines this year.

After a recent meeting with the national team’s coach, Wisam Al-Sous, before their trip to India, resulted in the development of a preliminary plan for the next phase of the World Cup qualification, Alayyan said.

He added that the plan is a priority for the JBF, but it requires a significant effort from the Jordan Olympic Committee and the Ministry of Youth. This is because the federation needs sufficient support to provide the team with the financial support needed to achieve the plan, he added.

The Falcons secured their place in the 2023 FIBA World Cup for the third time in their history, and for the second consecutive tournament on Friday, after Saudi Arabia’s loss to New Zealand.

‘Least possible resources’Alayyan confirmed that Jordan's qualification was achieved "with the least possible resources," adding that the team needs “great support to prepare for the World Cup” and a “huge budget to participate,” especially given that the World Cup will feature strong teams such as the US, Spain and France.

Replacing coach is ‘difficult’Alayyan hinted at the continuation of coach Sous in his position, saying that it is difficult to change a coach who has led the team to the World Cup.

The president added that there is great confidence in Sous and the administrative and technical staff who successfully achieved the task of qualifying for the World Cup.
The Jordanian national team's training camp program will be based on the teams that will be in the same group as them, he added.

The World Cup draw will take place on April 29, 2023, in Manila, Philippines.

Jordan’s Crown Prince, HRH Hussein, congratulated the national basketball team on their qualification for the World Cup in an Instagram post. The post included a picture of the team's stars, with the comment: "Our Falcons are flying to the World Cup… Congratulations."

Jordan's best performance to date was a 23rd-place finish in Turkey during their debut in 2010.

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