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October 21 2021 2:54 PM ˚

Jordan Falcons drawn in third group of Basketball World Cup qualifiers

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Spanish national team player Rudi Fernández participates in the draw ceremony. (Photo: Handout from FIBA)
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Amman — Tuesday’s draw for the Asian Basketball World Cup qualifiers, which will take place in Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines from August 25 to September 10, 2023, has resulted in the Jordan national team being placed in a relatively balanced group.اضافة اعلان

Jordan Falcons were drawn in Group III in the first phase of the playoffs, along with Lebanon, Indonesia, and Saudi Arabia, while Group I included New Zealand, South Korea, the Philippines, and India, Group 11 included Australia, China, Japan, China, and Taipei, and Group IV included Iran, Kazakhstan, Syria and Bahrain.

"We have a legitimate chance in qualifying, even if other teams think we are an easy target to beat, we will study with the technical committee many topics related to the naturalization of a special player, as well as the preparation program and the unloading of professional players," Mohamed Alayyan the head of the Basketball federation said.

He continued his speech by saying: "We don't have enough information about Indonesia, but we know the strengths and weaknesses of Saudi Arabia as well as the Lebanese team."

Marwan Maatouq, head coach of the national team, pointed out that it is necessary to resolve the situation of the naturalized player who will serve the aspirations of the Jordan Falcons during the next phase.

"We have to speed up the search for a player and add him to the 24-player roster approved by the International Basketball Federation, and I hope that our ranks are complete and that we are ideally prepared," Moutouq told Jordan News.

He continued: "There is no easy team in this group, Saudi Arabia is developed team and, Lebanon is strong team as well, we must avoid any loss, because it will affect the second stage."

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