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Kuany, Doucoure and Omoerah in cloud nine at FIBA AfroBasket 2021 Qualifiers

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MONASTIR () – Kuany Ngor Kuany was at the heart of South Sudan’s 69-65 victory on Thursday as Luol Deng’s side completed a double over Mali at the ongoing FIBA AfroBasket 2021 Qualifiers.

Here’s Thursday’s top performance lineup.

Kuany Ngor Kuany (South Sudan)

Kuany, who is among the three South Sudan captains, rose to the occasion and grew into the every quarter and showed his importance on both sides of the court. It was a complete performance from him.

His 21 points, four rebounds and four assists earned him the man-of-the-game award with the best efficiency of 22 in the game to inspire the Bright Stars in a hard-fought victory that brought out the best in the squad.

Sadio Doucoure (Mali)

For a debutant, Malian guard Sadio Doucoure is stamping his authority at the ongoing FIBA AfroBasket 2021 Qualifiers and he is doing that in style after dropping 14 points and picking seven rebounds against South Sudan on day two of the action.

The 28-year old  scored 11 points and registered five rebounds in his first game against Rwanda to lead them to an important victory.

“I AM REALLY PROUD TO WEAR THE MALI . IT IS MY FIRST TIME TO BE WITH THE NATIONAL TEAM. WHEN I AM ON COURT, I WANT TO DO MY BEST, TO BE AGGRESSIVE ON DEFENSE AND DO THE THINGS THAT THE TEAM NEEDS.”– Doucoure

Keith Omoerah ()

On both ends of the court, Omoerah was on top of his game and as a starter on Mfon Udofia’s team, that is basically expected of him but the manner in which he executed the team’s game plan was commendable.

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Omoerah’s 13 points and six rebounds stood out but it was his leadership in moments when Rwanda pressed hard and asked more questions than the Nigerians could answer in the first three quarters.

The last quarter saw him shine while helping his teammates find their confidence.

Two days into the tournament have unearthed a new set of players further indicating what we knew before – the depth and quality in Monastir is aplenty.

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