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What Egypt needs to win the championship? - Aug 24, 2015


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MOHAMED RAMADAN
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Egypt started the tournament well winning all 3 games in group stage including a superb performance against Cameroon but still some improvements have to be done.

One of our main problems is that we can't get the best out of Assem Marei offensively. He is attempting 7.3 field goals/game compared to 10.7 in 2013.
An important reason for this is that he misses a lot the creativity of internationally retired point guard Wael Badr.

In order to improve this coach Marei must tactically create more space for Assem and put him in his favorite shooting spots. Against Zimbabwe it would be a good chance to experiment this in second round. The team would benefit a lot from it specially when closing games.

Compared to 2013 tournament Assem Marei is a better defensive player, better passer and physically much stronger.

Ibrahim El-Gammal is averaging 1.3 assists per game compared to 3.2 in last year world championship. He's experienced enough and capable of creating more for Assem in the paint.

The same would be for Rami Ibrahim he averaged last tournament (4.4) 3 point attempts per game converting 45% of them. This year he averages only 2.7 attempts. Another important offensive weapon for the team.

Egypt is ranked 4th in rebounding a head of Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia, and Angola.

The team is playing very good defense limiting both Mali and Gabon to only 49 points. Against Cameroon our defense forced them to shoot only 30% from the field but we missed such defensive efficiency by making easy fouls allowing Cameroon to take 42 free throws converting 32 of them. Decreasing these fouls is a must to continue in tournament.

Coach Marei improved a lot the ball movement between players. The team has created 21 and 20 assists respectively in the first 2 games

Coaching staff have to concentrate more on preparing the players mentally on free throw shooting.

Wael Shousha is a very important player for the team. He improved his rebounding but has to increase his concentration and be more confident so he can return back to his shooting accuracy like last year in the world cup.

Finally I must give full praise to team captain Rami Gunady. He has done a great job until now and we expect him to be on same level in the knock out stage.
  



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African Championships Standings
Group A
 1. Nigeria 2-1 
 2. DRCongo 2-1 
 3. Mali 2-1 
 4. Ivory Coast 0-3 
Group B
 1. Morocco 3-0 
 2. Angola 2-1 
 3. C.Africa 1-2 
 4. Uganda 0-3 
Group C
 1. Tunisia 3-0 
 2. Cameroon 2-1 
 3. Rwanda 1-2 
 4. Guinea 0-3 
Group D
 1. Senegal 3-0 
 2. Egypt 2-1 
 3. Mozambique 1-2 
 4. S.Africa 0-3 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ikechukwu DIOGU
  NGR
  (204-C/F-83)
  Avg: 22
 1. Diogu, NGR22.0 
 2. Benoit, CMR21.8 
 3. Djambo, MLI17.0 
 4. Kante, MLI15.3 
 5. Odoch Opong, UGA15.3 
 6. Adala-Moto, CMR15.0 
 7. Kabasele, COD14.8 
 8. Iroegbu, NGR14.8 
 9. Conde, GUI14.7 
 10. Kabangu, RWA14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Makram BEN ROMDHANE
  TUN
  (204-PF-89)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Ben-Romdhane, TUN10.5 
 2. Benoit, CMR9.3 
 3. Diogu, NGR8.7 
 4. Sidibe, MLI8.3 
 5. Djimrabaye, CAF7.3 
 6. Adala-Moto, CMR7.0 
 7. Shonganya, COD6.8 
 8. Dieng, SEN6.8 
 9. Bamba, IVO6.7 
 10. Akindele, NGR6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Ike IROEGBU
  NGR
  (188-G-95)
  Avg: 5
 1. Iroegbu, NGR5.0 
 2. Kabongo, COD4.8 
 3. Toti, IVO4.7 
 4. Hannah, SEN4.3 
 5. Gasana, RWA4.0 
 6. El-Mabrouk, TUN3.8 
 7. Niang, SEN3.5 
 8. Enabu, UGA3.0 
 9. El Gamal, EGY3.0 
 10. Njoya, CMR3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mahamadou KANTE
  MLI
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Kante, MLI3.3 
 2. Gasana, RWA3.0 
 3. Kabongo, COD2.8 
 4. Benoit, CMR2.0 
 5. Cipriano, ANG2.0 
 6. Sidibe, MLI2.0 
 7. Mbamalu, NGR1.8 
 8. Bamba, IVO1.7 
 9. Diabate, IVO1.7 
 10. Conde, GUI1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve KABASELE
  (208-C-96)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Kabasele, COD2.8 
 2. Kambuy, COD2.5 
 3. Sidibe, MLI1.0 
 4. Diallo, GUI1.0 
 5. NDiaye, SEN1.0 
 6. Akindele, NGR0.8 
 7. Najah, MOR0.8 
 8. Choua, MOR0.8 
 9. Ndoye, SEN0.8 
 10. Prinsloo, RSA0.7 
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