Iran basketball team beat Qatar in friendly

November 24, 2018 - 0:52

TEHRAN - Iran national basketball team defeated Qatar 75-64 in a friendly match in Doha on Friday as part of preparation for the FIBA World Cup qualifier's fifth and penultimate window.

Team Melli are scheduled to play the Qatari team once again on Sunday.

Iran take on Australia on Nov. 30 in Melbourne then the Philippines on Dec. 3 in Pasay.

Team Melli currently are second in Group F with a 6-2 record, behind Australia (7-1) and above the Philippines (5-3).

Also in the same group are Japan, Kazakhstan and Qatar.

Iran coach Mehran Shahintab has not invited Hamed Haddadi, Samad Nikkhah Bahrami and Arsalan Kazemi to Team Melli.

The 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualification (Asia) process will determine the seven teams from FIBA Asia and/or FIBA Oceania that will participate at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup in China.

Reporting by Masoud Hossein

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