Kai Sotto excited to play with Gilas’ naturalized player Kouame


Kai Sotto in a Gilas Pilipinas jersey. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Whereas Filipino basketball followers can’t wait to see Kai Sotto make his debut for the Philippine males’s nationwide staff, he too has a whole lot of causes to be excited.

Among the many issues that Sotto raring for is to lastly share the court docket along with his teammates, notably Angelo Kouame.

Sotto arrived in Manila late Monday night time hoping to bolster Gilas Pilipinas as early as the ultimate window of the 2021 Fiba Asia Cup in Clark precisely two weeks from now.

“In fact, I’m excited,” Sotto instructed Lyn Olavario of News5 in Filipino upon his arrival. “I’m very excited as a result of it’s my first time to play for the [men’s] nationwide staff.”

“I can’t wait to affix the staff.”

With Sotto in tow, Gilas is hoping to type an intriguing frontcourt tandem that includes the 18-year-old huge man and the 6-foot-10 Angelo Kouame.

The Ivory Coast-born Kouame was formally granted Filipino citizenship final month.

“I’m very blissful that Ange is already naturalized. I’m blissful for him as a result of I understand how a lot he needs it.”

“I’m excited to share the court docket with him.”

Regardless of the optimism, it’s nonetheless unclear whether or not Sotto will have the ability to go well with up within the Clark qualifiers as he nonetheless finishing quarantine protocols.

If Sotto fails to compete within the qualifiers, set from June 16-20, he may nonetheless play for Gilas within the Olympic Qualifying Event in Serbia scheduled from June 29 to July 4.

No matter his standing, Sotto vowed to stay ready.

“No matter occurs, I’m nonetheless able to play at any time when particularly that I’m right here within the Philippines.”

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