The Panamanian Basketball Federation announced the end of the contract of the Spaniard Manuel Hussein as coach of the men's national team that participates in the qualifiers for the 2019 China World Cup.
The dismissal came two days after the painful loss to Puerto Rico 71-70 at the Roberto Durán Arena that left the Panamanian team without mathematical options only two days away from the end of the playoffs.
In a statement, the Panamanian governing body of basketball reported that it made the coach aware of "the decision to introduce changes in the strategic direction of the National Basketball Team."
The Spanish coach, who had been hired to take Panama to the World Cup in China, left a balance of four victories and six defeats, which was insufficient for the team to manage to take Puerto Rico’s fourth place in its group, so they no longer have access to one of the seven tickets in dispute.
The Federation also announced that for the remaining commitments, on February 22 and 25 against Mexico and the United States, Panamanian technicians José Gómez, Adriano Macías and Antonio García, who were already part of Hussein's work team in the previous windows of the playoffs, were appointed.
⚠️ Agradecemos a Manuel Hussein su trabajo realizado y finaliza su etapa como técnico de la Selección Mayor con marca 4-6.— FEPABA (@FePaBa) 4 de diciembre de 2018
🔥 Adriano Macias, José Gómez y Antonio García se encargarán de la selección para sus 2 últimos partidos en la eliminatoria mundialista. #LaRojaSinMangas 🇵🇦 pic.twitter.com/gKE9G4U7Xz