Guinea’s basketball hope rests on coach Zecevic’s return for AfroBasket qualifiers


Guinea’s basketball ambitions hang on the return of their seasoned coach, Zeljko Zecevic, as they gear up for the challenge of securing a spot in the 2025 AfroBasket tournament. Drawn into Group E alongside Tunisia, Angola, and Kenya, Guinea faces a tough road ahead, compounded by the departure of their head coach for AS Sale in Morocco.

Since 2021, Guinea has experienced a remarkable surge in African basketball, making it imperative to maintain their upward trajectory. The sudden departure of Coach Zecevic posed a significant setback, prompting the Guinea Basketball Federation to scramble for a solution.

Fortunately, relief arrived as Zecevic resumed his role, reinvigorating Guinea’s campaign with his return to familiar territory. In a chat with, Zecevic expressed his satisfaction in rejoining his players, emphasizing the pivotal role they play in the team’s success.

Guinea, currently ranked 79th globally and 11th in Africa, understands the gravity of the task at hand in the 2025 AfroBasket qualifiers. Their recent upset victory over Tunisia in the FIBA Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament showcased their potential, with key players like Alpha Kaba and Alpha Diallo leading the charge.

The upcoming qualifiers present Guinea with a prime opportunity to validate their capabilities and dispel any notion of their previous victory being a fluke. With Tunisia awaiting a chance at redemption in their second matchup, Guinea must remain steadfast in their preparations and performance.

Zecevic’s expertise and the resilience of Guinea’s players will be crucial as they navigate through a highly competitive group. Guinea’s basketball journey hangs in the balance, with their eyes set on securing a coveted ticket to the 2025 AfroBasket tournament and solidifying their status as a rising force in African basketball.

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