‘11 FA Champions Cup: A sneak peek at the London qualifiers

The ongoing 2011 Fiba-Asia (FA) Champions Cup in Manila has been giving the basketball fans a birds eye view of the upcoming FA Championship slated this September in Wuhan, China. Ten ballclubs are in contention for the most prestigious club tournament in this side of the world. Among the countries represented by these ballclubs are, from Middle East, Lebanon, Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Iraq and Syria. The Philippines, represented by Smart Gilas joins KL Dragons of Malaysia to complete the cast of the ten team, nine-day tournament.

Most of these teams are composed mainly of its respective national players and beefed up by two imports. Mahram of Iran, for instance, lists at least six members of its national team in this joust while Lebanon has five. The Philippines, however, waive its privilege for additional imports.

With it, this tournament already serves as a teaser to the much awaited  Fiba-Asia Championship which is also the qualifying tournament for the London Olympics.

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