The men's basketball team began their training for the fifth window of the qualifiers for the 2019 China World Cup, with a view of beating Mexico and Puerto Rico, whom they will face at the Roberto Durán Arena.
The Panamanian team is training in a double session under the command of Spanish Coach Manuel Hussein, who arrived on Panamanian soil in recent days to lead the preparation for these difficult and important duels.
Speaking to the EFE news agency, Hussein said that "we are clear that the possibility of qualifying for the World Cup comes by first winning these two games coming", as the “canaleros” were defeated by Puerto Rico and the United States at the start of this second round, with which the team is forced to look for victories that allow them to stay in the race to dispute the appointment of the orb.
For this double date, the Spanish coach has summoned Trevor Gaskins, Carlos Javier Rodríguez, Eugenio Luzcando, Joel Muñoz, Iverson Molinar, Daniel Girón, Michael Hicks, Tony Bishop, Alejandro Grant, Ernesto Oglivie, Jamaal Levy, Akil Mitchell, Javier Carter , Josimar Ayarza and Gil Atencio.
They will face Mexico next Thursday at 8:30 in the evening. Mexico will be arriving a day before the commitment and will immediately go to train at the Roberto Duran Arena to know the state of the surface.
The second commitment will be with Puerto Rico, who beat them before with a score of 82-73 in their visit to the “Isla del Encanto”
The objective will be to take advantage of being the local team to try to leave the last place they occupy in Group E, and begin to climb positions to try to be among the first four
Entrenamiento de hoy lunes por la noche de nuestra Preselección Nacional Mayor de #Panamá, como preparación a sus próximos dos encuentros de esta semana, en la quinta ventana de los Clasificatorios de las Américas a la Copa Mundial de Baloncesto China 2019 @FIBAWC @FIBA_es pic.twitter.com/wtiBky3QJO— FEPABA (@FePaBa) 27 de noviembre de 2018