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Romain Sato selected the top Central African playing abroad in last week's games - Apr 18, 2017


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We bring you last week's top performances from Central Africans who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.


Romain Sato
Romain Sato
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international swingman Romain Sato (195-81, college: Xavier, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked FC Barcelona (18-9) 76-59 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Sato scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 17 minutes on the court. Valencia Basket (20-7) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. It's Sato's fourth season with the team. This year he averages: 5.7ppg, 2.6rpg, 2FGP: 46.6%, 3FGP: 34.7% and FT: 82.1% in 25 games he played so far. Sato played for the Central African senior national team four years ago.

Max Kouguere
Max Kouguere
   #2. Second place goes to former international small forward Max Kouguere (198-87, currently plays in France). He could not help Olympique Antibes (9-19) in their last game on Monday. Despite Kouguere's good performance Olympique Antibes was edged 93-92 on the road by the much higher-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#5). He scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Kouguere's overall stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 40.6%, 3FGP: 37.0% and FT: 80.6%. He has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Central African. Kouguere played for the Central African national team in 2015.

Jimmy Djimrabaye
Jimmy Djimrabaye
   #3. The Central African player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Jimmy Djimrabaye (202-92, currently plays in France). He was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Gravelines-Dunkerque in their game against Paris-Levallois (18-10) in the French ProA. Djimrabaye scored 7 points in only 11 minutes. Gravelines-Dunkerque was badly defeated 98-79 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#6) Paris-Levallois. This year Djimrabaye's overall stats are: 2.6ppg, 1.4rpg, 3FGP: 42.9% in 19 games. He played for the Central African national team two years ago.

Maxime Zianveni
Maxime Zianveni
   #4. Power forward Maxime Zianveni (198-79, currently plays in France) contributed to a 1-point Boulazac Basket's victory against the 15th-ranked Aix-Maurienne (11-17) 83-82 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Zianveni recorded 10 points. Boulazac Basket Dordogne (15-12) is placed sixth in the ProB. It's Zianveni's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 7.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg. Zianveni is another player who holds two passports: Central African and French. He used to play for the Central African national team back in 2013.


Other top Central African players, who play abroad:

James Mays (206-F/C-86) plays for LG Sakers in South Korean KBL
Patrick O'Bryant (213-C-86) plays for Fubon Braves in Taiwanese SBL
Johan Grebongo (204-F/C-94) plays for Pfastatt in French NM2
Michael Mokongo (180-PG-86) plays for Vitre in French NM1
Guy Joseph Kodjo-Sitchi (191-F-85) plays for Prisse Macon in French NM2
Destin Damachoua (184-G-86) plays for Lorient in French NM1
Clarence Juillet (198-C-83) plays for Brissac-Aubance in French NM2
Maixant Mombollet (203-F/C-81) plays for Tourcoing in French NM2
Yannick Zachee (192-F-86) plays for Oullins in French NM2
Martial Gotagni (190-G/F-79) plays for Chateauroux in French NM2
Jonathan Alalengbi (192-F-92) plays for Toulouse in French NM2

Notice: The list above includes only some of the Central African playing currently abroad. Go to Central African Abroad Page to see completed list.  




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