File - Under the guidance of experienced head coach Abou Chakra, Sagesse are confident of dislodging Riyadi for the league title.
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Sagesse's preseason performances have been encouraging – they have grabbed two titles – and they hope to carry that form into the domestic arena when they kick off the new Premier League season Friday by playing at home to Champville.Only eight teams will feature in the top flight this season, while several players remain without clubs, among them Sabah Khoury – who is believed to be close to joining Hoops.Many believe the upcoming season will be critical for Lebanese basketball, as the failure of the clubs to compete with Riyadi will have an adverse effect on the game, much like the scenario when Riyadi dominated the league between 2005 and 2012 . Riyadi have also left out Ali Haidar, as they have six players from the elite players' list [every team is allowed only five players from this list of 22 elite players]. Haidar underwent surgery in the offseason and will be out for three months, so Riyadi have dispensed with his services for the upcoming season.Tadamon, who last year played their first season in the top flight, have been the busiest team of the offseason.However, the selection of players by Sarkis has been quite strange, with Rony Fahed and Bassel Bawji joining even though they failed to feature under Sarkis, who also coaches the national team.
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