The Qatar Basketball Federation is keen to encourage local talents and curb the hiring of foreign players by clubs from next season onwards.
Holders Qatar will open their campaign against Bahrain in Pool C at the 3x3 Under-18 Asia Cup, which will start in Cyberjaya, Malaysia, on May 26.
QATAR are placed with Iran, Iraq and Kazakhstan in Group D at the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers after the draw was held in Guangzhou, China, last week.
Al Rayyan and Al Sadd put up disappointing performances at the 37th GCC Clubs Championship in Manama, Bahrain, last week.
WHEN Qatar begin their FIBA Asia Cup campaign in Lebanon in August, a lot will depend on star shooting guard Hassan Mohamed.
Al Gharafa bounce back strongly in the last two quarters to dethrone El Jaish as Emir’s Cup champions and end the season on a high.
CHAMPIONS El Jaish beat Al Rayyan 92-86 in a Group A round-robin league match of Emir’s Cup at the Al Gharafa Indoor Hall last week.
THREE-TIME champions Al Gharafa thrashed Qatar SC 102-74 in a Group B match of the Emir’s Cup at the Al Gharafa Indoor Hall last week.
Al Gharafa end their two-season title drought as they down Al Rayyan in the Qatar Cup final.
LAST year’s runners-up Al Gharafa reached the Qatar Cup final by defeating Qatar Sports Club 98-59 in the semifinal at the Al Rayyan Indoor Hall last Sunday.
Saad Abdulrahman, Michael Taylor and Sammy Monroe play significant roles in Al Gharafa’s rout of Al Khor in the Qatar Cup.
LEGENDARY player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar retired from the sport on March 20, 1989, after an impressive career with Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
LAST year’s runners-up Al Gharafa will meet Al Khor in the opening match of Qatar Cup on Saturday.