Consequent upon being drawn against defending champions, the D’Tigers of Nigeria, Mali and Cote d’Ivoire in Group A, the Dr Congo have invited some of their most talented players, including Emmanuel Mudiay and Bismack Biyombo – the only two Congolese in the NBA for a training camp for the upcoming 2017 FIBA AfroBasket.
The coaching team – led by Charly Buzangu and Joachim Vale Mosengo – kept most of the team that starred for the side during the FIBA Africa Zone 4 qualifiers.
Talking to FIBA.basketball, Coach Buzangu said: “We’ve put together this group of players because of the opposition we’ll face. Teams like Nigeria, Senegal and Cameroon tend to bring their foreign-based players who give them a huge help. Hopefully, our foreign-based players can give us a lift.”
Although Buzangu hasn’t elaborated the starting date of the training camp, he ensured that “Eighty percent of the players are already in Kinshasa.
“We are going to play one game at a time as we aim to build a strong team.
“It’s going to be a tough pool for us, but we’ll make sure to build a solid and competitive team which represents our country the best way possible.”
This year’s Africa Championship will be co-hosted by Senegal and Tunisia from September 8-16.
Groups A and C will be played in Tunis while Groups B and D will be hosted in the Senegalese capital of Dakar.
The top two teams from each group will advance to Tunis, which will also host the Final Phase (Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Finals) from September 14-16.