Vice President of the Egyptian federation Mohamed Abdel-Motaleb speaks to Eurobasket in a detailed interview were he expressed his confidence on a bright future awaits Egypt's national team, discussed his future plans, atmosphere inside the federation, and commented on top star players:
1.A long way to go before Egypt starts 2019 World Cup qualifiers, what are your plans for the national team during the coming period?
Simply, we have to work harder and smarter than others. Continue improving on all aspects; making Egyptian league more competitive and attractive, work with our players abroad, add to our coaches' knowledge and experience, and finally find the financial capacity to help us in our programs
2.Why the team doesn't participate in one of the NBA summer leagues in Orlando or Vegas? Iran had already participated in 2008.
We never got such a chance and I'm not sure if that's what really need taking into account the big gap of levels with NBA teams.
3.If you joined one of the summer leagues, you can take the advantage and invite Egyptian Americans who plays college basketball and doesn't represent the national team like Abd El Nader who is the best Egyptian talent in NCAA and others to build a stronger team core. Isn't it worth a try to take part this summer?
Not all Egyptian players abroad are interested in joining the NT. Some even don't know about it. In some cases, when we contacted the technical staff of these players they requested being in the technical staff of the national team of Egypt as a condition to bring these boys. Secondly, knowing mentality of our players, I know they would love to get back home to see their families and friends.
4.Getting back to 2015 African Championship, do you regret the dismissal of coach Pep Claros which I know you are a big fan of? Do you think the team would have performed better with Pep?
Undoubtedly Coach Marie is one of the best Egyptian coaches and he made good job with the team, but I had a different view than the board. Pep is great coach and person and he believes in our talents and ability to achieve, however no one what would happen with Pep. I thought that Pep+ good selection of internal and abroad players + good preparation games can help us.
5.Some coaches are famous for knocking out title contenders and taking above average teams to a higher level like Tab Baldwin with Jordan & Philippines and Claros in Canadian league which is exactly what Egypt is looking for. What are your plans for the next national team coach?
Our plans next summer are competitions free to play as much as we can. We have already received invitation from William Jones cup and looking for other games in Europe this is our main concern. The new coach will be chosen and agreed with by the new board as the election will take place in September 2016.
6.Can Pep accept being again the Egyptian team head coach in the coming few years?
Yes, I think so if he was selected to the job he will accept it with pleasure. He's doing an amazing job right now in Bahrain.
7.When watching our players during the national team anthem against Angola you can feel the lack of confidence and the defeat before even the game had started. How would you solve this in future?
Angola is great team and has significant African experience. I believe in our capability to dominate the future. Most of those players have played against Angola previously in junior African Championships and had won. They will do it on the senior level I know for sure
8.If you analyze Assem Marei's performance in the last African tournament it was clear that he's affected by missing Wael Badr passing ability and the excellent chemistry between them. Which player do you see as Wael successor as pass first point guard?
I always call Assem the pride of the Egyptian national teams' production. He was affected by his injury mainly and the absence of Wael to an extent. Wael is experienced veteran leader and hard to replace. We have many talents in the pipeline but they need time. I personally believe that Ezzeldein from Sporting club can be the next PG of the NT.
9.In the NBA exists the position of General Manager who appoints the coach and has the upper hand in the selection of players that fits well with his team through trades, drafts and free agency. Can any Arab league or national team accept this philosophy one day?
In the Arab leagues yes and maybe it started in Etihad club this year. On the national team level, it's complete different story. You are talking about different 12 players each championship. Think it's hard to be done.
10.When we would see the Playoff system in the Egyptian league?
We are studying a change in the competition system since the world cup qualification system has changed. Playoff system can be adapted.
11.Have you decided which stadium in Egypt will host the playoff games of the National team?
No not yet, however Cairo and Alexandria maybe the host cities based on the requirements of FIBA in terms of airports, hotels, and transportation
12.Why we don't host an NBA preseason game at the pyramids same as we did previously in Squash and indoor football?
NBA started to look at North Africa. With Saleh Mejri in NBA and our Anas Mahmoud, they recognized untapped talent pool. There are some projects in the near future I believe.
13.Do you realize that we never heard about any problems in the Federation before surprisingly finishing 2nd at 2013 African Cup (with 4 losses), but since the start of problems and rumors in media last year we finished 5th (with a single loss). How's the current atmosphere inside the federation?
There are always change in views everywhere, it's just how you handle it. After Spain World Cup qualification, the media started to follow the federation closely, and unfortunately our arguments were out to the public. Now, things are calmer. Everybody wants to finish the final season perfectly.
14.When we would start seeing match stats on the Egyptian federations website? Lebanese league is publishing its stats so what's missing to take this step?
We started enforcing the clubs to have statistics staff with them as first step. We have plans to launch a specific team for this task to follow and update on daily basis.
15.There aren't any strong basketball leagues in the world without foreign players. Do you expect them to return during the coming season?
Again, as we are studying the change of competition system, we are looking at the foreigners to be back to the league, and I'm sure they will return if not next season, the following one will.
16.it was a good step to see Ahmed Khalaf moving to Spain after signing an agreement with the agent of Serge Ibaka and Kristaps Porzingis in the NBA. I expect Etihad guard Mido to be Egypt's leading scorer but it seems that he wants to continue in Egyptian league, what do you advice him?
I did not hear about Mido's move. He's very talented but has discipline issues. If he overcomes it, he can play anywhere in Europe.
17.Sporting Cub has its own channel the displays all it's basketball games, why doesn't the federation makes the same and create its channel? Later on you can make top plays of each game week and send it to all sport website for advertisement of the league.
We are finalizing this issue. We will broadcast the games on EBBF channel shortly.
18.Finally when would we invest in our coaches and send them to join training camps with top European and American teams?
We did it before with our friend in Turkey. Soon, some of the promising coaches will be invited to attend training camps with European teams.
History made as DR Congo qualify for FIBA AfroBasket 2017 - 5 days ago
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Ten years on, and the Democratic Republic of Congo sealed their ticket to the FIBA AfroBasket on Monday thanks to a successful FIBA Africa Zone 4 Group E campaign against the Republic Central Africa (CAF). Despite Monday's 80-76 loss to CAF, the Congolese advanced to this year's FIBA AfroBasket in Brazzaville thanks to an 85-64 win on Sunday, ending a 10-year absence from the biggest basketball tournament on the African continent [read more]
Ten years on, and the Democratic Republic of Congo sealed their ticket to the FIBA AfroBasket on Monday thanks to a successful FIBA Africa Zone 4 Group E campaign against the Republic Central Africa (CAF). Despite Monday's 80-76 loss to CAF, the Congolese advanced to this year's FIBA AfroBasket in Brazzaville thanks to an 85-64 win on Sunday, ending a 10-year absence from the biggest basketball tournament on the African continent. The Congolese, who last appeared at FIBA AfroBasket in 2007, closed the two-game series with a 161-144 triumph on aggregate. As a result of the loss, former African champions CAF will miss out the tournament for the very first time since 1999. The result also means a disappointment for CAF who hosted the qualifier and have been looking relaunch basketball in the country. Meanwhile, the DR Congo's win draws a new chapter in their basketball history. This is a country often described as having some of the most talented players in the continent but who have continually failed to join the best basketball nations. With the win, the DR Congo join African champions Nigeria, FIBA AfroBasket 2017 hosts Congo-Brazzaville, Egypt, Uganda, and Mozambique. Courtesy of: fiba.com
Egypt Qualifies to the Africa Basketball Championship 2017 - 5 days ago
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Egypt attains victory and qualifies to the 29 FIBA Africa Basketball Championship, known as Afro-Basket 2017, to take place on August 19 to August 30 in Brazzaville, Congo. Qualifications for this prestigious event are divided to seven zones, and Egypt has been placed in the fifth zone. In a final match of the 2017 Afro Basket qualifier for zone five, Egypt outperformed its rival, Uganda, and scored 95-72. On March 18, Egypt competed against Uganda and qualified for the the Africa Basketb... [read more]
Egypt attains victory and qualifies to the 29 FIBA Africa Basketball Championship, known as Afro-Basket 2017, to take place on August 19 to August 30 in Brazzaville, Congo. Qualifications for this prestigious event are divided to seven zones, and Egypt has been placed in the fifth zone. In a final match of the 2017 Afro Basket qualifier for zone five, Egypt outperformed its rival, Uganda, and scored 95-72. On March 18, Egypt competed against Uganda and qualified for the the Africa Basketball Championship 2017 at the Cairo International Stadium. Also, Uganda, the runner-up, has qualified for Afro-Basket 2017. Moving to the women's competition, the 23 FIBA Africa Championship for Women, also known as Afro-Basket Women 2017, is taking place on September 15 to September 24 in Mali. Qualification for such an important event is divided to six zones, where only the champion of each zone is qualified. Egyptian national women team surprised the world after it had beaten Uganda's team 92-68, at the fifth zone's final and celebrated the victory on March 18 at the Cairo International Stadium. Courtesy of: egyptianstreets.com
Zone 1 qualifiers: Tunisia beat Algeria 87-77 - 8 days ago
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Tunisia's basketball team defeated Algeria's 87-77 (first half: 42-32) at an AfroBasket 2017 Zone 1 day-3 qualifier played on Saturday in Algiers. Tunisia are topping ranking at the end of the first stage with 4 pts, ahead of Morocco (3 pts) and Algeria. Morocco had defeated Algeria 76-71 at day 1 while Tunisian secured wins over Morocco (79-67) and Algeria (87-77). Zone 1 qualifiers bring together three teams: Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia after the last-minute withdrawal of Libya. The se... [read more]
Tunisia's basketball team defeated Algeria's 87-77 (first half: 42-32) at an AfroBasket 2017 Zone 1 day-3 qualifier played on Saturday in Algiers. Tunisia are topping ranking at the end of the first stage with 4 pts, ahead of Morocco (3 pts) and Algeria. Morocco had defeated Algeria 76-71 at day 1 while Tunisian secured wins over Morocco (79-67) and Algeria (87-77). Zone 1 qualifiers bring together three teams: Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia after the last-minute withdrawal of Libya. The second stage is scheduled for March 30 to April 1 in Tunis with the top two finishers qualifying for the final phase to be hosted by Congo from August 18 to 30, 2017. Courtesy of: tap.info.tn
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