Lebanese basketball icon El-Khatib returns from China, rejoins Riyadi

Lebanese basketball icon El-Khatib returns from China, rejoins Riyadi
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Published February 9th, 2016 - 02:53 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Fadi El-Khatib (source: dailystar.com.lb)
Fadi El-Khatib (source: dailystar.com.lb)

Lebanese basketball icon Fadi El-Khatib returned to the country late Sunday after ending his second stint in the Chinese Basketball Association League with Fujian club, who failed to make the playoffs. Khatib, 36, featured in 34 games where he averaged 26.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, but his side only finished in 13th place out of 20 teams with a 16-22 record.

The “Tiger” will have a couple of days rest following an intense five months in China where the seasoned talisman had to play every two days, before rejoining Riyadi Beirut, who currently occupy first place in the Lebanese Basketball League with a perfect 7-0 record. Khatib may miss the upcoming game against Byblos, though it’s not confirmed yet, and he is expected to make his debut this season with the yellow side in the WABA International qualifier which takes place in Amman, Jordan from Feb. 17 to 23.

The former international player has a clear task which is leading Riyadi again to the domestic league title, after he played a major role in helping the Beirut side clinch the trophy last season.

Khatib will team up with the likes of Ismael Ahmad, Jean Abdelnour, Ali Mahmoud, Amir Saoud, and Wael Arakji, as well as the foreign trio which consists of Jeremiah Massey, Aaron Harper and Chris Daniels.

The all-time Lebanese league top scorer also played last season in China with Foshan averaging 25.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in 36 games.

Khatib will not be the only player to move directly from China to Lebanon as Palestinian star Sani Sakakini also arrives Wednesday to join last-placed Champville for his second stint in Lebanon after playing with Hoops three years ago.

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