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President Kiir meets with the South Sudan National Men’s Basketball Team Today.



Wednesday, 31st August 2022

His Excellency President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Wednesday met with South Sudan Men’s National Basketball team to congratulate them over their performance at the 2023 FIBA World Cup African Qualifiers.

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During the meeting, H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit congratulated and commended the national basketball team over their performance stating that, “Your victory has United the people of South Sudan and recruited many friends for us. You have started a fight to put South Sudan into the World Map to be recognised, You made us proud and our heads are held high because of you”. – President said.

“I had wanted to come to the airport to receive you upon arrival from Tunisia but because of the flight delay and other circumstances regarding the graduation of the National Unified Forces that we did yesterday, I could not make it. I was ready to lead South Sudanese to recieve you upon arrival at Juba International airport”, President Kiir added. I will continue to work hand in hand with you to ensure that you get whatever you need to get you to perform better at your field”, he added.

President Kiir told the players that, he had instructed the Senior Presidential Advisor Kuol Manyang to accompany the players to the games and “you indeed made us proud”. I told Kuol, you go and tell our sons that you have made us very proud and our heads are up because of you. Tell them to keep pushing a head, Keep pushing forward. I am behind you and I will do anything possible to promote you.

The Senior Presidential Advisor Hon. Kuol Manyang Juuk, said it is you the young people to develop this Country.

” This is your home and it is your responsibility to work for it. You defeated people in their own homes. To raise the flag of South Sudan high. And it makes us so proud” Hon.Manyang said.

The Minister of Youth and Sports Hon. Dr. Albino Bol Dhieu appreciated President Salva Kiir Mayardit for his continuous support to the Basketball National team. He said he is excited that South Sudanese Players in NBA want to come and join the National Basketball to represent their Country. He added that some of the players left the luxury life abroad and came back home to join the national basketball team.

Mr. Luol Deng, the President of South Sudan Basketball Federation said it was encouraging for the President to send a delegation for the games in Tunisia. It gave the players the moral support to go a head with the games and commended the President for that.

“When going for the games. We have always talked about what it would mean for our Country and for our people. We are fighting for the World to recognise our Country and our potential. And when we get the support from home. It gives us moral and we feel the sense of our people being ready to be United and together”, Deng added.

Source: Office Of The President Of South Sudan 

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