Duhok Basketball team reaches Asian Cup
The Duhok Basketball team reached the Asian Championship finals after beating Applied Science basketball team 104-88 in the last game of the West Asian Championship.
The Basketball team reached the Asian Championship finals after beating Applied Science basketball team 104-88 in the last game of the West Asian Championship.
Shanfil team officially won the West Asian Championship title for the first time in its history, after Iranian Petrochimi beat the Syrian Jaiesh team 101-76 in the first matches on the last day of the tournament hosted by the Iraqi city of Duhok.
Many bright stars, whether they are local or professional foreigners, appeared in this year’s championship Featured in the West Asian such as: American Jeremy Massey and Fadi Khatib from the Lebanese team of Shanfil, and An- thony Grundy and Ricardo Marsh from the Kurdish team of Duhok.
The Asian Club Championship will be held in the Jordanian capital of Amman next September. The Emirati Al Ahli and Al Sadd also qualified to the most prominent Asian event as representatives of the Arab Gulf region.
The final ranking of the West Asian Championship 14 Club are 1 – The Lebanese Shanfil, 2 – The Iranian steel Mahan, 3 – The Iranian Petrochimi , 4 – The Iraqi Kurdish team of Duhok, , 5 - The Jordanian University of Applied Sciences, 6 – The Iraqi Karkh team, and 7- Syrian Jaiesh team.
Unlike other Kurdish clubs in the past decade, Duhok has paid great attention to basketball. The club has a long history with the game. Duhok’s basketball team was founded in 1972 and accept- ed in the Iraqi league as a fourthgrade team. In the 1980s, the team was promoted to the second grade before moving up to the first grade in the early 1990s. The team joined the Iraqi premier league in 2001 and secured fourth place.
Duhok became strong in 2009 when it won the Iraqi basketball premier league title for the first time in club history. Duhok repeated 2009’s win and become Iraqi champion in 2010 and 2011. Duhok Governor Tamr Ramazan has been a great supporter of the team, and the game, for the past three years. He encouraged the team to sign outside players. To build the game for Kurdish players of the future, Ramazan opened a large indoor arena, opened a basketball school in the city and hired an international coach to train local players.
This picture depicts Duhok basketball team.