Lebanese Basketball: Interview with Riyadi’s Coach Subotic

Al Riyadi basketball club, is currently participating in the annual Houssam El Din Al Hariri tournament, in order to get ready for the upcoming basketball season.

The team’s coach, Subotic Lefteris, who led them to win the Lebanese championship last season, had a few words to say about the team, players, preparations, in an exclusive interview with sports961.


Coach Subotic reaction – Riyadi vs Sala Photo by Akl Yazbeck

First of all, when asked about the Hariri tournament, Subotic described it as a good preparation for the team, although in his opinion, the team is still at the beginning of the preparations. Indeed, the team practiced for 2 weeks before going to Greece, and now have the Hariri tournament, in which they got to the finals. For him, Greece and Hariri are 2 great opportunities to give the new players time to fit in the team, and in both tournaments, the teams were very physical and challenging for Riyadi.

Coach Subotic also promised the fans that the club will always be on top and winning, because for them, second and third place is not good enough.

Moreover, the Slovenian coach was very positive about new comer Mark Ghafari, saying that he is a very good player that he likes, and that he was watching his development during his last season in the United states. Also, he added that the player is improving day after day, and has a strong personality.

Finally, talking about Ismael Ahmad, coach Pixi described him as a key player and now an even bigger add since he can play as Lebanese.

Riyadi this season look even more dangerous than last year, and are the favorites to win the title!

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