South Sudan players in Camp Photo Courtesy: South Sudan Basketball Federation can confirm South Sudan’s National Men’s Basketball Team has commenced training camp after touching down in Rwanda ahead of the team’s participation in the upcoming AfroBasket. (Click highlighted text to view tweet)

Photo Courtesy: FIBA

The 2021 FIBA African Nations Basketball Championship (AfroBasket) runs from August 24 to September 5 in Kigali, Rwanda and is the 30th edition of the continental competition.

South Sudan’s Basketball Federation reported the first training session for the team via its official twitter handle; Ghana’s leading basketball portal gathers more players are expected to arrive at the camp in the coming days.

Nigeria (white) v South Sudan Photo Courtesy: FIBA

This is South Sudan’s first ever qualification to an international basketball tournament after gaining independence in 2011 and is Africa’s youngest country.


The team is to be led by former 10 year NBA veteran player Royal Ivey who was appointed earlier this year to replace Luol Deng. Former Los Angeles Lakers and two time NBA All Star Deng qualified the team to the AfroBasket and doubles as Head of the Federation. (Click highlighted text to view story)

Luol Deng Photo Courtesy: FIBA
South Sudan v Mali in a qualifier. Photo Courtesy: FIBA

Sudan is in Group D with Senegal, Cameroon and Uganda; 16 teams are due to compete in the tournament.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter


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