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The Next Chapter of Malaysia U18 Women After Advancement: FIBA U18 Women’s Asia Cup Division A

After winning the 2022 FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Women Division B in September 2022, the Malaysia U18 Women’s team is set to compete at the Longhua Culture & Sports Center in Shenzhen, China, from June 24-30 this year. This prestigious tournament will feature eight excelled teams across Asia, including Australia, Chinese Taipei, Korea, Malaysia, China, Japan, New Zealand, and Indonesia. As a newcomer among these elite teams, Malaysia will face the challenging task of playing against three top teams in Group A: Australia, Chinese Taipei, and Korea, all of which are considered powerhouses in Asian basketball.

Game preparation not just for players solely : Coach training plan in Japan

In preparation for this significant tournament, former national players Pang Hui Pin and Nur Izzati Yaakob, who are gold medalists from the 2015 and 2017 SEA Games, answered the call from the Malaysia Basketball Association (MABA). They traveled to Tokyo, Japan, on March 5th this year to participate in a comprehensive one-month coaches’ training program organized by the Japan Basketball Association (JBA). This program was designed to provide them with advanced coaching techniques and strategies from some of the best basketball minds in Asia, ensuring that they can effectively lead and develop the Malaysian team.

Matchup of both defending champions: Malaysia vs. Australia, the tip-off game

The Malaysia U18 Women’s team has been meticulously preparing for the tournament. They have gained valuable on-court experience by competing against various teams in the U20 D-League, honing their skills and building team chemistry. Despite being the champions of Division B in year 2022, Malaysia faces a formidable challenge in Division A, especially in their opening game against Australia. Australia, the defending champion of last year’s U18 Women’s Asia Cup and ranked 5th in the FIBA basketball world rankings, will provide a stern test for the Malaysian team. This matchup marks the first-ever tip-off of the Asia Cup, setting the stage for an exciting tournament.

Games Schedule

Chinese Taipei

South Korea

The final goal: Step on the stage of the 2025 FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup

Over the past 25 years in the FIBA U18 Women’s Asia Cup Division A, Malaysia has achieved notable success with one silver and one bronze medal. In contrast, China has dominated the tournament, earning 16 golds, 5 silvers, and 1 bronze, making them the top performer in U18 women’s basketball in Asia. The ultimate goal for Malaysia is to qualify for the 2025 FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup, a level they have never reached in their basketball history. Achieving this milestone would not only mark a significant accomplishment for the team but also serve as a testament to the hard work and dedication of the players, coaches, and supporters. Regardless of the final results, advancing to Division A and competing against the top-ranked U18 teams from Asia and around the world is a monumental step forward for Malaysia’s Women’s basketball team. Let’s rally together and celebrate the perseverance and commitment of our Malaysia team, both on and off the court.