The president of the Panamanian Basketball Federation (Fepaba), Jair Peralta, told Efe that the Panamanian team has to win away from home to show that they are a contender in these knockout stages for the China 2019 World Cup.
"If we want to be a contender team on this road to the World Cup, we must learn to win as visitors," said Peralta, who at the time was the owner of the Panamanian national team.
The national basketball team of Panama will face Argentina and Paraguay on June 28 and July 1, respectively, in a game that the federation knows as high level.
"Always these games played as visitor must be played with the smaller margin of errors as possible," said Peralta, who considered that the team of Panama has "a great opportunity, that must be taken", concerning sealing its qualification to the other round of the World Cup knockout.
The Panamanian team will try to seal their qualification to the other round of the knockout with a team commanded by the forward of San Martin de Corrientes of Argentine basketball, Michael Hicks, and the center of the Mineros de Zacatecas Jaime Lloreda.
The best three teams from each zone will go to the next round, which will be organized in two new groups with six countries each, which will finish playing in February 2019.