South Sudan women’s basketball coach Lindsey Harding is also an assistant NBA team coach

Lindsey Harding

South Sudan’s first ever women’s basketball coach Lindsey Harding wants to achieve plenty both on and off the court.

The 36-year-old is set to combine her job with South Sudan with her role as an assistant and player development coach with men’s NBA team the Sacramento Kings.

“It’s not how basketball is embracing women, it’s how men are. They tend to be the ones in power making decisions,” she told BBC Sport Africa.

“Time and time again women have to work twice as hard to prove they can do the same job a man can do.

“Stop putting us in a box. That way of thinking has to change and I have hope that it is, we see it happening.”

Harding feels her appointment in April to spearhead South Sudan’s first ever senior women’s basketball national team is another step in the right direction.

“They hired me, a woman, as their coach. I’m so blessed to be a part of something so special,” she enthused.

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