Juba to stage maiden women’s basketball league

Juba to stage maiden women’s basketball league
South Sudan basketball team lines up before the match. [Photo: Courtesy]

An eight women’s basketball league will throw off next week in Juba as South Sudan prepares to host her maiden women’s basketball league.

The federation’s president Luol Deng said that it plans a foot ahead of the women’s basketball debut.

The first edition will be staged in Central Equatoria with plans to spread the game in other states. Deng said.

“Teams will fight for trophies and uniforms. The be​​st players will also be awarded,” added Deng.

The eight clubs will be divided into two pools of four teams each.

They will then play each other with the top two proceeding for the play-off.

“The final will be a game of three,” added Deng.

The president added that if successful, the league will be played annually.

He appealed to parents to allow girls to venture into basketball adding that it will open the door opportunities for young south Sudanese girls.

“If you look at other countries like Kenya, most of their players are connected to colleges in States (America),” said the former NBA player.

The league will run for three months, starting the second week of September.

Though the men’s national team is in the ascendancy – riding on its form at the ongoing FIBA World Cup Africa 20223 Qualifiers, there has never been a structure and professional league in the country.

South Sudan, however, has close to 1000 men’s basketball players residing in other countries.​​