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Sao makes Giants leap

Sao makes Giants leap

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Cambodian basketball player Stefan Doll-Therro Sao (centre) holds his new club vest next to UBBC Giants Vorchdorf head coach Sebastian Waser (left) and club manager Christoph Todt. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Cambodian basketball player Stefan Doll-Therro Sao (centre) holds his new club vest next to UBBC Giants Vorchdorf head coach Sebastian Waser (left) and club manager Christoph Todt. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Cambodian basketball player Stefan Doll-Therro Sao was unveiled as a new signing for Austrian club UBBC Giants Vorchdorf on Friday night in a ceremony attended by about 100 club staff, officials and fans.

The Austrian-born point guard, who is expected to join his compatriots for the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia this November, completed the move from former team Wels for an undisclosed fee and is now being targeted by the head coach Sebastian Waser to lead the freshly promoted club to glory in the 2011/12 season of Austria’s second tier league that starts on October 3.

“We are very happy that Stefan signed at our club,” Giants head coach Sebastian Waser told The Post by email. “We are a very young and dynamic team, so Stefan will fit very well in our system and style of playing the game. We really needed a quick and good skilled guard which is able to run the team from the point guard position.

“Stefan was my favourite player for this position, so I am glad that he will join the Giants Vorchdorf basketball programme,” he added.

Sao is set to leave his new club after just two weeks into the season to compete at the SEA Games, but the Giants seem content to let him go.

“The first round in the Austrian cup is in the first week of November, so we will miss Stefan in a very difficult time. It is very hard for us because at the moment we will not have a point guard for this period,” said Waser.

“But Stefan will join the national team and will play a big tournament for his country. I think there are not many bigger things in sport to achieve as this, so the whole club and the organisation is proud to release him for the games. We wish him and Cambodia all the best of luck, and maybe they can reach a big success for their country.”