Newly appointed South Sudan Men’s National Team Basketball Head Coach Royal Ivey has opined his gratitude he has for the South Sudan Basketball Federation for giving him the role.

He expressed this in the aftermath of his appointment to lead the youngest country in Africa to compete in its first ever outing at the FIBA African Nations Basketball Championship (AfroBasket).

Photo Courtesy: South Sudan Federation Twitter

The 2021 AfroBasket takes place in Kigali, Rwanda from August 24 to September 5 with 16 nations due to compete; 14 nations including South Sudan have booked their spots with the draw to take place on May 27.

Deng Photo Courtesy: FIBA

“I’m forever grateful for this opportunity that has been offered to me by the Federation to lead, empower, enrich, develop, challenge, and grow a fine core of young individuals. I will take nothing for granted and always be humble” Ivey stated.

Photo Courtesy: FIBA

The Point Guard who played in the NBA for a decade takes over from Luol Deng who served as Head Coach during the qualification period. Deng will play his main role as Federation President following Ivey’s appointment.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter

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