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South Sudan Ranked 76th In Latest FIBA Rankings

The national basketball team pose for a photo before their opener against Rwanda: file photo.

South Sudan men’ basketball team has climbed 22 places in the world ranking following the superb performances in FIBA World Cup Qualifiers last month.

The team currently is now ranked 76th from its previous position of 98th in the world. South Sudan is also ranked 11th Africa and 1st in East Africa.

South Sudan’s rise in the rankings can be attributed to the country’ biggest surprise in window 2 of FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 qualifiers in Dakar as they became the only undefeated team from Groups B and D.

The World Cup African Qualifiers debutant built on their spectacular win over reigning African champions Tunisia to stay undefeated in Group B after beating Cameroon 74-68 and Rwanda.

Since taking over as president of South Sudan Basketball Federation, Loul Deng has sole handedly funded the activities of the national team.

With his presence at the federation, the national team has made strands of achievements.

Under him, South Sudan played their first ever Afrobasket competition in Rwanda last year.   

Despite the formidable work in Senegal, South Sudan still has to play the last qualifying window in July to guaranty their qualification to their first ever world cup.

The team will play the same opponents in Rwanda when the window opens on 1st July.

South Sudan will play Rwanda on the 1st July, the team will then face the African champions Tunisia in the second game on 2nd July and complete the qualifiers against Cameroon on 3rd July.

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