KIGALI (Rwanda) – As FIBA AfroBasket reaches a milestone with its 30th edition in almost 60 years of existence, some players have become legends of their national teams thanks to this competition, salute the work of FIBA Africa to bring the continental tournament to new heights.
Speaking recently at the Kigali Arena, in no particular order, some of them shared their feelings with FIBA.basketball about this event being held every two years until 2015, but now every four years since 2017.
Rwandan Kenneth Gasana will make his fifth appearance, as will the Angolan duo of Carlos Morais and Eduardo Mingas – who helped their country win four titles between 2005 and 2013, and two more. Silver medals in 2011 and 2015. Tunisians Makram Ben Romdhane and Salah Mejri contributed to Tunisia’s first-ever title in 2011, the former winning a second coronation against Nigeria in 2017.
Gasana, who made his debut for Rwanda in the 2009 edition in Libya and who has since missed only that of 2015, his team having missed the qualification, says he is happy to Be there to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the tournament.
“It is an indescribable feeling. I want to thank all the people who work so hard to raise the standard of play in Africa.”
Gasana, however, hopes for even more commitment from stakeholders so that basketball continues its development in Africa.
Carlos Morais, who started his international career with the U18 selection in 2002 and joined the senior squad in 2005, won a gold medal in his debut. 1st participation.
The 1.93m rear-shooter declares: “Words fail me when I am asked about the almost 60 years of this competition, which opened in 1962.
“First of all, I want to congratulate Africa as a whole, FIBA Africa and FIBA for everything they have done since 1962.
Eduardo Mingas has won four titles and has taken part in numerous competitions with the Angolan team, notably at the 2002 FIBA World Cup in Indianapolis (USA).
The 42-year-old, 1.99m-strong winger admits that while this is probably his last FIBA AfroBasket – the 8th for him – he will never really stray from the sport that has taken him to the world.
Tunisia captain Makram Ben Romdhane, whose 6th appearance at FIBA AfroBasket since 2009, does not hide his joy and pride at representing his country at this 30th edition of the continental tournament.
The two-time winner tells FIBA.basketball that the event has progressed enormously in many sectors and he wants the level to continue to rise.
FIBA AfroBasket 2011 MVP Salah Mejri also admits living a special moment as a player.
Mejri, who was in the NBA for three seasons, notes that FIBA AfroBasket allows most players to make new friends across the continent.
Mejri is convinced that FIBA AfroBasket opens many doors for African basketball players.
“FIBA AfroBasket has really gained interest from fans who want to see the best Africans play. This gives them the opportunity to be spotted by scouts from foreign clubs. . I wish FIBA Africa a very happy birthday. “
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