Basketball /World Cup: Paulo Macedo quits national team

Las Palmas, Canary Grana – The national basketball squad coach, Paulo Macedo, today said that his cycle in the national team comes to an end after the 2014 World Cup taking place in Spain., Speaking to the press at the end of the game against Australia in which the African champions won by 91-83, the head coach showed up annoyed with the criticism of his work and even "attacks" to his families.

"My cycle comes to an end in the national squad after the competition. I have all the support from the Federation, but there are people connected to basketball who constantly attack my family. With me it is different, but I cannot admit that they involve my family,"he stressed, noting that his contract with the team expires at the end of the World Cup.

In five games played at the World Cup, Angola won two and lost three. The qualification of the African champions is dependent on the outcome of the meeting between Mexico and South Korea.

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World Cup2014: Coach Paulo Macedo still hopeful about pass to next stage

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria – Although the national team are now dependant on the result of other games of the group, in the initial stage of the World Basketball Cup taking place in Spain, coach Paulo Macedo is still hopeful that the Angolan squad will manage to get the pass to the next stage.,     


Speaking to the press last Wednesday, after Angola’s 87-93 defeat against Slovenia, the Angolan coach admitted that now the situation is more complicated, but he still believes that it is possible for the squad to move to the next stage.


“Until today we were just depending on ourselves, but now we are depending on other matches. We’ll try to do our part and win the next game (…)”, stressed the coach.


On the other hand, Paulo Macedo justified the bad performance of the squad with the inexperience of some players, adding, however, that it is normal for the group to show some instability at times.


This Thursday, Angola will Australia for the last round of the group stage.


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