Badiou, Inga, Fernando, Okoji and Quetta among the stars in attendance – FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2023 African Qualifiers 2023

Abidjan/Monastir (Cote d’Ivoire/Tunisia) – A few countries have received great news in preparation for Window 4 of the FIBA ​​2023 Basketball World Cup Qualifiers, with the additions to their squad of Branco Badiou, Cristian. Inga, Bruno Fernando, Josh Okoji and Muhammad Quetta.

Here are seven of the key players who will take part in the matches that will take place from 26-28 August in Abidjan and Monastir:

Branko Badiou – Senegal

Date of Birth : February 17, 1999
Cuts : 1.88 m
Site : Shoot the guard
club: Baxi Manresa (Spain)

Senegal faces a huge challenge in the race for the FIBA ​​2023 Basketball World Cup berth, finishing only fifth in Group F as it enters the second round – the two best teams in each group and the third best will share 5 tickets. New coach Desagana Diop hopes Badiou’s comeback will be a trigger. The Spain-based player helped his country achieve a record 2-1 last February. The team led by Diop will also benefit from the proceeds of promising Khalifa Diop and Amar Sylla.

Slimane Debat – Ivory Coast

Date of Birth : July 21, 1987
Cuts : 1.83 m
Site : distributor
club: Zamalek (Egypt)

Côte d’Ivoire enters the second round with a perfect 4-0 record in Group E. The Elephants will be more powerful as they play at home. Diabatti missed the previous qualifying period. The distributor’s 35 years of experience is a tremendous asset. In three games, he averaged 5.3 assists and “only” 2.0 drop balls per game. Ivory Coast will also play Charles Abo, who will make his first appearance for the national team since FIBA ​​AfroBasket 2021.

Christian EYENGA – Democratic Republic of the Congo

Date of Birth : June 22, 1989
Cuts : 2.04 m
Site : the ward
club: Fuenlabrada (Spain)

The Congolese will have a lot to do to seal their debut at the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup. In Group F, they have the same record as Tunisia (4-2), behind Egypt (5-1) and South Sudan (6-0). Playing in Spain, Eyenga has not represented his country since the 2019 FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup Qualifiers in Africa. His ingenuity and experience will be very useful for the big matches that await his team through the window. Having Maxi Shamba Munanga at his side, who has not worn the Congolese shirt since FIBA ​​AfroBasket 2021, is also good news.

Bruno Fernando – Angola

Date of Birth : August 15, 1998
Cuts : 2.06 pm
Site : the ward
club: Houston Rockets (NBA)

The first Angolan player to play in the NBA, Fernando has not appeared again in the national team for a long time. Fernando hopes to be back for the first time since the 2016 FIBA ​​Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Game.

Anyiarbany MAKOI – South Sudan

Date of Birth : July 3, 2000
Cuts : 1.93 AD
Site : distributor
club: Sydney Kings (Australia)

South Sudan is swimming with confidence and is in a perfect position to reach the FIBA ​​2023 Basketball World Cup, with a perfect record so far in these African qualifiers. McCoy’s return, missed during the third window, makes this team even more dangerous. Always active, he is able to score and create spaces for his teammates.

Josh Okoji – Nigeria

Date of Birth : September 1, 1998
Cuts : 1.92 m
Site : leader
club: Phoenix Suns (NBA)

Nigeria (2-2) is under pressure in Group E and will have two tough matches against Ivory Coast and Angola in this fourth window. However, Nigerians will be able to count on the offensive power of Josh Okoji, who is back in selection for the first time since the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It should also be noted that it will also be the first time he has developed on the African continent with the jersey from Nigeria. Also, Ike Nwamu’s presence is good news.

Mohamed Quetta – Guinea

Date of Birth : May 1, 1995
Cuts : 2.04 m
Site : forward force
club: Union Tarbes Lourdes Pyrenees (France)

Guinea (0-4) enters the second round in a far from ideal position. But his opponents will be mistaken if they take this team lightly, because this time it will be strengthened by the presence of Quetta. In his first three Africa Zone qualifiers, he averaged 17.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.7 pieces per game. Guinea will also benefit from the return of Shannon Evans, who has 19.0 points and 7.7 assists in three games.


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