The Lebanese National Basketball team won the King Abdullah II tournament in Amman, Jordan, on February 14th, in the final match over the Jordanian national team, by a difference of 3 points, and a score of 71-68.
Lebanon's participation in the 9th International King Abdullah II Basketball Games comes in preparation for the two matches that are scheduled in the first part of the Asian qualifiers for the Asian Championship Finals 2021.
The Lebanese National Basketball team won all its matches in that tournament. They started their first friendly match by winning over their Bahraini counterpart with a score of 72-64 on February 10th.
They followed it with another victory over the Syrian team with a score of 87 - 75 on February 12th, and over the Iraqi team on February 13th with a score of 97 - 79.
The tournament ended with a match against host Jordan on February 14th and with the final victory of the Lebanese team. Certainly, these series of wins have restored hope that the basketball wheel would spin again on Lebanese stadiums.
At the tournament ending with Lebanon victorious, Prime Minister Hassan Diab tweeted: "Today the Lebanese flag was raised in two Arab countries. We congratulate the Lebanese basketball team in Jordan, and the victory of Matthias Njeim and Christopher Feghali in the Sultanate of Oman in the Karting Championship."
اليوم رُفع العلم اللبناني في بلدين عربييْن. نبارك فوز منتخب لبنان لكرة السلة في الاردن ونبارك فوز ماتياس نجيم وكريستوفر فغالي في سلطنة عمان في بطولة الكارتينغ— Hassan B. Diab (@Hassan_B_Diab) February 14, 2020
From her side, the Minister of Information, Dr. Manal Abdel Samad Najd, also congratulated Lebanon and the team in a tweet.
"Congratulations to Lebanon, the victory of our basketball in Jordan, and thank you for the champions who contributed to raising the name of our country high," she said.
She went on expressing her thanks on behalf of Lebanon to the Jordanian Prime Minister Omar Razzaz and the Minister of Information Amjad Al-Adayleh for their cooperation in broadcasting the championship exclusively on Lebanon TV.
مبروك للبنان فوز منتخبنا لكرة السلة في الاردن، وشكرا للأبطال الذين ساهموا في رفع اسم بلدنا عاليا. ونجدد الشكر لتعاون رئيس الحكومة الاردنية عمر الرزاز ووزير الاعلام أمجد العضايلة، في نقل البطولة عبر تلفزيون لبنان حصراً. https://t.co/GOhKCOEr60— Manal Abdel Samad NAJD Official منال عبد الصمد نجد (@manal_a_samad) February 14, 2020
The King Abdullah II tournament was scheduled two weeks before the beginning of the first official rounds of the Asian Cup 2021 qualifiers in order to prepare the participating teams for the Asian Cup qualifications.
Lebanon's Minister of Information, Dr. Najd, coordinated with her Jordanian counterpart to have the matches transmitted live via the state-run Tele-Liban channel.