Gilas Pilipinas to face New Zealand and India in FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifiers – Reuters Sports News
Filipinos can cheer on Gilas Pilipinas as the leading mobile service provider, Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) brings basketball fans closer to Asian Qualifiers for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 through the Smart GigaPlay app.
The 11-man national basketball team, consisting of Kiefer Ravena, Dwight Ramos, RJ Abarrientos, Carl Tamayo, SJ Belangel, Geo Chiu, Francis “Lebron” Lopez, William Navarro, Dave Ildefonso, Rhenz Abando and Kevin Quiambao will face The New Zealand squad on June 30 at 3:30 p.m. at the EventFinda stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. This will be followed by a game against India on July 3 at 7 p.m. at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City, Metro Manila.
“We are one hundred percent behind the entire Gilas team as they move closer to our end goal of being able to make our country proud. It is also an important window for us as we prepare to host the FIFA Cup. FIBA Basketball World in 2023 with Japan and Indonesia. We wish the team the best as they show the world the heart and fighting spirit of the Filipinos,” said Alfredo S. Panlilio, PLDT and Smart Chairman and CEO.
Panlilio is also Chairman of the Local Organizing Committee of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, Second Vice Chairman of the Central Board of FIBA Asia and Chairman of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.
Smart is a Global Partner of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023. The global event will be jointly hosted by the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia, with its final round to be held here in Manila in August next year.
“Smart empowers Filipinos to do more with the fastest mobile data network in the Philippines. As a basketball-loving nation, we’re here to empower our customers to cheer on Gilas Pilipinas even when they’re on the go and on their cellphones,” said Francis Flores, Head of Consumer Business Group – Individual at Smart.
Subscribers can enjoy the FIBA Basketball World Cup Asian Qualifiers live and free for a limited time on the GigaPlay app.
Smart’s coverage of the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers adds to the GigaPlay App’s range of premium sports content, which includes streaming of UAAP, NBA, PBA, PVL and VNL games.
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