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Zabala: We Respect Our Rivals, but we want Gold

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Entrenamiento del equipo cubano de baloncesto femenino, para los XXIII Juegos Deportivos Centroamericanos y del Caribe, en el Coliseo Elías Chegwin, en la ciudad de Barranquilla, Colombia, el 18 de julio de 2018. ACN FOTO/ Abel ROJAS BARALLOBRE
 
BARRANQUILLA, Colombia, Jul 18 (ACN) The Cuban women’s basketball team began training on Wednesday at the Elias Chewing Coliseum site of the discipline to the 23rd Central American and Caribbean Games in the Colombian city of Barranquilla.
 
Trainer Alberto Zabala took some time to speak to the Cuban News Agency amidst his team’s preparation.
 
We are here to fight for a Gold medal, respecting each rival, because all of the teams participating in the games have prepared well, the level of each has increased including the majority of the Caribbean islands, said Zabala.
 
For the experienced trainer, the group in which Cuba will dispute for the qualification is equal.  Jamaica and the Virgin Islands have improved the level of their games, they have tall players and we must concentrate well to beat them.
 
Our team and host Colombia will give the game a lot of color, he said.
 
The first objective will be to finish first in the group and see later what happens in which, according to the study carried out of their rivals, our main contender could be Mexico, said Zabala.
 
We are in condition of defeating the Mexican squad and if we reach the finals, we might face Puerto Rico, which has progressed tremendously and defeated us by three points in August of last year.
 
Regarding the excellent fusion of the Cuban’s team, with veteran players and young talents that have played in foreign leagues, Zabala explained that there are six veteran athletes that played in the 2014 Veracruz Games.
 
The six players have tremendous experience and are the key figures of the team; but the six young players are very talented and this will make up an ideal selection to achieve the objective of getting the Gold, concluded Zabala.
 
The Cuban women’s basketball team will make their debut on the 20th against Jamaica.

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