By Johnny Askounis/ [email protected]
Guy Goodes is expected to become the next head coach of Israel’s senior national team succeeding Oded Kattash, per Walla Sport.
Goodes, 51, taking over the head coaching role will be approved by the Israel Basketball Association on Tuesday. Short of an unanticipated late development, he will indeed replace Kattash.
The current Maccabi Rishon Lezion boss is set to return for a third stint at the national team, first as head coach of the senior squad. Previous coaching jobs at the club level include stints at Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Jerusalem.
Kattash, 46, will complete a run of four years as the national team selector. The outgoing boss had already guided his players to earn a spot in the final stage of the 2022 EuroBasket, planned to be hosted by the Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, and Italy next September.
In 2018, one year after his appointment at the national team, he returned for a second stint at Hapoel Jerusalem at the club level. He departed last January to take over Panathinaikos OPAP but has since parted ways with the Greens. The upcoming separation at the international level leaves him jobless.
As for the upcoming challenges for Goodes and the Israel national team, prior to the 2022 EuroBasket scheduled to last from 1 to 18 September 2022, the 2023 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers begin next month via FIBA’s November window for qualifying contests. Israel has been drawn in Group D slated to compete versus Germany, Estonia, and Poland. The top three teams will clinch a berth to the next round. Israel’s last appearance in the final stage of the World Cup dates back to 1986.
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