Saint-Ang Phoebe, former basketball player for Vichy and Claremont, has died at the age of 69

French basketball just lost one of its numbers. Saint-Ange Vebobe accidentally died last night in Martinique, his native island, at the age of 69. The previous wing (1.98 m) was known in Auvergne. It had developed in Vichy (from 1970 to 1975 and from 1986 to 1988), as well as in Clermont (from 1975 to 1977).

During an internship in the spa town with students of Martinique, Saint-Ange Vebobe caught the attention of the Vichy leaders, due to his relaxation. “He was a very kind man, always smiling, of exceptional physical qualities, recalls Philippe Lanifer, with whom he developed during his early years at Vichy. And the latter to keep going.

“We were lucky to have him. At that time, there were not many players who were two meters tall.”

Young Saint-Anges Phoebe was very quickly integrated into the first team, linking up with good performances that opened the doors for him to the France team. From 1973 to 1979, and then from 1984 to 1985, he played 76 games for the Blues.

After five seasons in Vichy, Saint-Ange-Vibeau headed south to join neighboring Claremont. He stayed two seasons in the capital of Auvergne, before continuing his career in Antibes (1977-1982), then Villeurbanne (1982-1985). With Asvel, he reached the final of the European Cup Winners’ Cup, where he was lost to the Italians, Pissarro.

JA Vichy team, during the 1973-74 season.
Stature: H. Besson, B. Cain, S.-A. Vibobi, R.; Chapuis, d. Stewart, in Poistol, J.; fluorescent.
Squatting position: A. Jacquemot, P. Lannevère, J.-N. Jacquet, J.; Christophe, B. Bison.

After leaving for Caen for a season (1985-1986), Saint-Ange-Vibobe returned to Auvergne and Vichy, where he remained from 1986 to 1988. The Martinique winger ended his career as a professional player in 1990, after his last two matches: a year of experience in Avignon.

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Ronny Turiaf’s first coach

After becoming a coach after the end of his career, Saint-Ange Phoebe, father of former basketball players Luke Arthur, Diego and Marvin Phoebe, was Ronnie Turiaf’s first coach.

Since his death was announced, testimonies have been following each other. Currently present in Germany for European Basketball, tricolor coach Vincent Colette wanted to pay tribute to Saint Angie Phoebe, one of his “very close friends”, with whom he played at Caen during the 1985-86 season.

“The shock and brutality of his disappearance,” the French technician announced, as reported by our colleagues from the team. He was a wonderful fellow and a wonderful man. He is part of the France team family. A player who exemplifies asceticism and sacrifice, he was an exceptional defender and an exceptional athlete. (…) He was an exemplary teammate, worked with others, did everything, and was exemplary in human terms. I hope we win the match for him tomorrow (against Bosnia and Herzegovina, this Tuesday). »

to his family and loved ones, the mountain Sends his sincere condolences.

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