QATAR international Hassan Mohamed exuded confidence that the new generation would be able to fill the void following the retirement of Yasseen Moussa.
“The baton has been passed to us. Yasseen’s retirement should be taken as an opportunity by youngsters to step in and shoulder the responsibilities. It’ll be a challenge because the current players lack experience, but with time, we’ll improve,” said Hassan, who made his Qatar debut in 2010.
Asked about the game’s future in the country, the 25-year-old said, “Young players will form the core of national team. Exposure in international and domestic competitions will help them iron out the flaws.”
Hassan, a member of the Qatar squad, had a good run at the FIBA Asia Challenge last September, scoring at an average of 12.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals and three three-pointers per game.
“We need to work hard. There’s no short cut to success. Yasseen’s career is a good example for us. Young players lshould follow in his footsteps and help Qatar achieve major success,” he said.
Hassan is expected to help Al Rayyan retain the Qatar League title this season.
Coached by Greek Stergios Koufos, Rayyan will also rely on other Qatar internationals Mohamed Abdelkawy, Malek Salem Abdulla, Yehia Abdelhaleem, Shaher Matalkeh and Omar Salem.