Okal ready to lead Morans qualifying campaign in Kigali


Okal ready to lead Morans qualifying campaign in Kigali
Morans during a training session at Nyayo Gymnasium.PHOTO/Sportpicha/Citizen Digital

In Summary

  • National men’s team power forward Ariel Okal is confident that the chemistry they have built will play a big part in the team's success in their FIBA AfroBasket qualifier championships in Kigali Rwanda
  • Okal says despite many leagues being on halt owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Morans charges have trained together for a long and that will give them a head start in their bid to make a return to the African championships since 1992

National men’s team power forward Ariel Okal is confident that the chemistry they have built will play a big part in the team’s success in their FIBA AfroBasket qualifier championships in Kigali Rwanda.

Okal says despite many leagues being on halt owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Morans charges have trained together for a long and that will give them a head start in their bid to make a return to the African championships since 1992.

“Many leagues are on halt at the moment meaning that all players are on the same level.

“Given this reality, we hope that the team chemistry that we have built over the year will be key in us emerging on top from the qualifiers,” he told Citizen Digital.

Having spent a better part of this year locked indoors due to the lockdown introduced by the Algerian government to combat the spread of the coronavirus, the US Setif ace says he took that time to learn more on his game an aspect that he will use to help the Morans have a good run in Kigali.

“As much as it was tough, to me I took it as an opportunity to learn more about my game and the areas I can improve.

“I have been working on my game and watching a lot of films on our opponents and how we can floor them.”

Kigali, Rwanda is set to host teams from 12 countries and four others competing in Alexandria, Egypt with the events staged under Covid-19 social bubbles on November 25-29.

After overcoming South Sudan in the finals of the pre-qualification games last year at the Nyayo Stadium Gymnasium, Kenya will take on Angola, Mozambique, and Senegal hoping to make the cut for the finals.

The top three teams from the qualification journey will qualify for the Afrobasket Championship that will be held in Kigali, Rwanda next year.

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