Adil, Deng discusses sports development

Adil, Deng discusses sports development
Luol Deng, the President of SSBF and CES Governor Emmanuel Adil Anthony exchange greetings after a meeting to promote basketball in the country. [Photo: Governor’s office]

The President of the South Sudan Basketball Federation (SSBF), Luol Deng, and the Governor of Central Equatoria State ahead of the inaugural women’s basketball league set to throw off in Juba this coming weekend.

The basketball federation is in the process of holding a three-month-long women’s only league in Central Equatoria.

The league will bring together eight teams that will be divided into two pools of four.

The teams will then play each other in a round robin format with the best two proceeding to the next level for a game-of-three final.

Deng on Thursday held discussion with the CES boss to see how to promote the sport beyond November when the women’s league is expected to conclude.

During the discussion, Governor Adil praised Deng and the players for their recent dominant and commendable performances at the 2023 FIBA World Cup Africa Qualifiers.

The governor said the recent achievement had significantly improved the nation’s reputation around the world and inspired the national team to continue fostering unity in South Sudanese society via sporting events.

“We will continue to look for ways to promote such events because we believe that encouraging sport among our kids is important.” As we have seen from the recent triumphs in the FIBA World Qualifiers, the achievement brought South Sudanese together,” he said.

Deng praised the South Sudanese people for their ongoing support and the warm welcome they extended to the squad both during and after the competition.

He stated that the support was encouraging and that he had seen that the game is more than just basketball.

“I would want to express appreciation to all of the supporters for their hospitality shown to the team both during and after games on behalf of the entire team,” Deng said.