DAKAR (FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 African Qualifiers) – Twelve years on, and Abdourahmane Ndiaye is back at the helm of Senegal men’s team, the country’s Basketball Federation announced.
Ndiaye – for some, one of the highly-regarded Senegalese coaches – led his country to a Second-Place finish at FIBA AfroBasket 2005 and has spent most of his coaching career in France’s PRO A.
During his playing career, the 64-year-old was named FIBA African Championship’s Most Valuable Player on two consecutive occasions (1973 and 1974).
The appointment ends months of speculation after Spaniard Porfirio Fisac announced in August that he wouldn’t continue in charge of the team after the FIBA AfroBasket 2017.
Under Fisac, Senegal lost two of their games at FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2016 in Manila, Philippines.
Three months ago, however, Fisac’s Senegal destroyed all their FIBA AfroBasket 2017 Group Phase opponents (South Africa, Mozambique, and Egypt) in Dakar.
Once in Tunis, where the Second Round of FIBA Africa’ prime competition took place, Senegal outlasted Angola in Quarter-Finals, but they stumbled to Nigeria in the Semi-Finals.
Although the terms of Ndiaye’s contract are to be undisclosed, it’s expected that he leads the team throughout the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 African Qualifiers.
From February 23-25, Senegal will play the First Round of the Qualifiers in Group D in Maputo against hosts Mozambique, Cote d’Ivoire, and the Central African Republic.