Qatar will be fielding the same line-up it sent to the court against
Australia when they face the Philippines on Monday, September 17 at
the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
“It’s the best we’ve got at the moment,” shared head coach Tim Lewis
who couldn’t hide his disappointment that six of his regular including
point guards Mansour Al Hadary, Abdulrahman Saad, Erfan Saeed, and
Clinton Johnson are unavailable due to injuries. “I believe that had
we a complete line-up, we would have built on the momentum we had
against Iraq and given other teams a better fight.”
Lewis, of course, isn’t conceding the match to the Philippines. “We
will try our best to win the game. That remains the ultimate
objective. If we can keep it close then we have a shot,” added the
Briton who coached Thailand in the last Seaba championships after
which he worked rather briefly as a consultant to Gilas Pilipinas and
for Talk ‘N Text.
Lewis disclosed his line-up for the match – guards Mohamed Hassan
Mohamed, Momar Gueye, Moustafa Ahmed Lashin, Raslan Rashid Al-Abdulla,
and Khaled Mohamed Abdelbaset; forwards Abdelrahman Abdelhaleem, Faris
Advic, Suliman Abdi Khalid, and Tanguy Ngombo who is their naturalized
player; and centers Mohd Mohmmed, Emir Mujkic, and Nasser Al-Rayes.
Ngombo, who came up with Gilas veteran Marcio Lassiter in 2011 albeit
for Qatar, is one of the veterans of the 2013 Fiba Asia Championships
that were held in Manila along with Abdi.
The line-up that will face the Filipinos has an average age of 24
years. Al-Abdulla is the youngest at 17 and is still in college along
with a few others. Mohmmed and Abdi are above 30 years.
The Philippines on the other hand, is much older with an average age
of 31 with Taulava the oldest at 45.
“This is as close as to a patch up squad that we have,” summed up
Lewis. “We will play for pride.”