Kuol Manyang to lead basketball fans to Tunisia

Kuol Manyang to lead basketball fans to Tunisia
South Sudan continues its unbeaten run by hammering Cameroon. [Photo: Courtesy]

The Senior Presidential Advisor, Kuol Manyang Juuk, and Youth and Sports Minister, Albino Bol Dhieu, will lead the nation’s fans to Tunisia to support the national basketball squad.

On August 26, 27, and 28, South Sudan will compete in Group F of the African basketball 2023 World Cup qualifiers against Egypt, Senegal, and DRC.

Juuk will lead a group of more than 50 national supporters to motivate the current top-ranked African basketball team as it gets closer to earning a spot in the FIBA World Cup for the first time in its history.

The fans have contributed their own money to charter a plane to fly directly from Juba to Monastir, Tunisia, where the third window of FIBA World Cup qualifiers will be played.

Dr Bol claims that the Bright Stars are currently in Tunisia preparing for tomorrow’s exhibition match against Senegal.

“You know that we have a FIBA World Cup Qualifying game against Senegal on Friday. By tomorrow (Thursday), I and senior presidential advisor Kuol Manyang Juuk will be in Tunisia, together with a large contingent of supporters,” the sports minister announced in Juba.

Our team is already in Tunisia and is getting ready properly. I am 100 per cent [sure] that our players are going to make all of us proud. They are going to change the faith of South Sudan. “

To help the players achieve their goal of making the FIBA World Cup, he appealed to the home crowd to support them.

South Sudan currently leads Group F with a perfect record and has a solid chance of qualifying for this round.

South Sudan and Cote d’Ivoire are yet to lose and they might achieve the same fete in Africa’s FIBA World Cup Qualifiers.

In most cases, the qualifiers’ first-round results have been carried over to the second round to guarantee that every game was given equal weight.

The best third-place team in Africa, along with the top two teams from each group, will punch their tickets.

Unlike in the other regions, there is still time for some African countries to clinch a spot at the 2023 World Cup in Japan, the Philippines, and Indonesia.

South Sudan is in Group F and will play across three game days.

For instance, on Friday, August 26, 2022, Senegal will take on South Sudan, while their group opponents, DR Congo, will play Cameroon, and Egypt will take on the African Champions in Tunisia.

South Sudan will face fellow East African representatives, DR Congo, on Saturday, August 27, 2022, Cameroon will face Egypt, and Tunisia will face Senegal.

And on Sunday, August 28, 2022, we will see Egypt against South Sudan; Senegal will play Cameroon, and DR Congo plays Tunisia.