Albert ready to face old club

albert v litLeopards’ captain Albert Margai can’t wait to face his old club Surrey United in the BBL Trophy at the Brentwood Centre on Friday evening.

The 27-year-old guard was a regular for the then Guildford Heat in 2011/12 and averaged 7.4 points per game when they rebranded to Surrey Heat the following season. He was part of the mass exodus when Heat were taken over last summer and became Surrey United.

“It’s going to exciting and I’m really looking forward to it” said Margai. “The organisation and personnel are different, but I’m still up against my old club.”

“I’ve still got a lot of friends in the area and I’m still in touch with [former Heat coach] Creon Raftopoulos and Bridget, and when I go back I still know people and faces.”Kent Crusaders v Essex Leopards 12 Oct 2014; Albert Margai;

It’s not just a case of seeing old friends on Friday, Margai is hoping that the Big Cats can cause an upset:

“It’ll be great to see how we stand against better opposition and if we play well we’re capable of beating them”

Margai is enjoying his job as the Big Cats’ captain but knows his side will need to improve on last Sunday’s performance against Leicester Warriors: “I’ve been captain before, but doing it at Leopards is definitely rewarding and I appreciate the chance.

“Sunday’s game was one of those where you need to move on and forget it, but at the same time make sure you learn from it. Some of the stats show that nothing went right for us, and it’s a shame that it came in a competition we wanted to win. But we needed something to spur us on for the two remaining trophies. Personally I just want get on to play another game on Friday and hopefully pick up a big win.”

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