Paraguay eagerly await FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifiers challenge – FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Americas Qualifiers
MIAMI (USA) – The FIBA Americas Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers are fast approaching. The Americas national teams are busy laying the groundwork for what they hope will be a place in the bracket.
One of these national teams is Paraguay, who won the right to fight for one of the World Cup places during the pre-qualifiers which took place last July in Chile. The South American country got back to work after the pandemic with the intention of performing well in the next qualifying round which is due to start on November 26.
“Right now we are playing our domestic league and when we are done we will have plans in place and the players will be invited to play two weeks before they start in Asunción,” said Paraguay head coach Juan Pablo. Feliu. “We want 18-20 players to practice our style of play and learn our system and of course the conditioning. The plan is to continue to establish the concepts that we put into practice during pre-qualifying in Chile.”
Feliú, although born in Argentina, is considered Paraguayan for all intents and purposes. He has worked with the national team at all levels for 19 years. He has managed clubs, women’s teams, training camps and sessions, and is now in his second term in charge of the senior men’s team.
“We are going through a difficult period because of the pandemic. We are just starting to play again after a year and eight months. Training has not started yet, it should start sometime in October, so we are in a phase of uncertainty. But we have to start making new assessments and see how the boys are doing.At the last national team camp for the pre-qualifiers, we had the chance to give several young players the opportunity to train. I think we have a small group with talent, but we have to follow the plan with all of them now that we are back in competition.”
As activities begin to pick up, optimism is in order as national team players will theoretically arrive in good physical condition and at a good pace after playing in their respective leagues. This gives them a greater chance of succeeding in Group A, where they will face Argentina, Panama and Venezuela.
“We are going to face great teams. Argentina and Venezuela are dedicated teams in continental events. Argentina come after playing in the Olympics and have many players abroad. [Europe and the NBA]. You have to see which team they will choose to qualify with, but having a new manager like [Nestor] ‘Che’ García they will do their best. Venezuela has always had a good base. With the head coach [Fernando] Duró they included some young people. It’s an athletic team, very dynamic and very strong. Panama is similar, athletic men with individual talent and good physique.
In the playoffs, the top three teams from each of the four groups will advance to the second phase. This is the first goal of Paraguay, who on the way to the last World Cup in China 2019 could not pass the initial stage.
“First we want to be in the top three, then we’ll see what happens. We’ll try to focus on playing smart basketball and taking advantage of the opportunities that come our way. We know it’s going to be tough. road.”