How young stars impressed at the opening leg of the AfroBasket qualifiers


In the heat of competition at the FIBA AfroBasket Qualifiers, young basketball talents seized the spotlight, showcasing their skills and leaving an indelible mark on the court.

From Egypt to Madagascar, these rising stars dazzled audiences and announced their presence on the international stage.

Patrick Gardener, the 24-year-old center from Egypt, demonstrated his prowess with impressive performances throughout the tournament.

Averaging 14.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, Gardener proved to be a formidable force for the host nation, earning accolades as one of the top performers in efficiency.

Meanwhile, Sitraka Raharimanantoanina of Madagascar emerged as a key player for his team, displaying exceptional leadership and skill on the court.

His contributions, both in scoring and rebounding, were instrumental in Madagascar’s historic victory against Central Africa Republic (CAF).

In Central African Republic, Allan Dokossi showcased his versatility as a power forward, leading his team in efficiency, rebounding, and assists. His standout performances, including a 19-point outing against Madagascar, highlighted his potential as a future star.

For Cote d’Ivoire, Assémian Moulare’s dynamic playmaking abilities stood out, as the 21-year-old point guard consistently delivered on both ends of the court. With an impressive average of 6.3 assists per game, Moulare proved to be a key facilitator for his team’s offense.

Elsewhere, Patrick Spencer of Cape Verde made a memorable debut, contributing significantly to his team’s perfect 3-0 record in the tournament.

His scoring and rebounding prowess were essential to Cape Verde’s success, earning him recognition as one of the team’s most efficient players.

In Tunisia, Oussama Marnaoui showcased his scoring ability, averaging 11 points per game and making a significant impact for the defending champions.

His performance, including a 17-point outing against Angola, solidified his status as a rising star in Tunisian basketball.

Emmanuel Womala of Uganda proved to be a versatile asset for his team, making significant contributions in scoring, rebounding, and assists.

Despite Uganda’s 1-2 record in Group B, Womala’s consistent performance was a bright spot for the team.

Youssef Helmy and Karim Elgizawy, both representing Egypt, demonstrated their potential as future stars with impressive debuts on the international stage. While Helmy showcased his scoring and playmaking abilities, Elgizawy’s experience in junior ranks translated into solid performances for the senior team.

Lastly, Anim Delgado of Cape Verde made his presence felt with stellar playmaking abilities, leading his team in assists while contributing on both ends of the court. His debut performances were instrumental in Cape Verde’s unbeaten run in the tournament.

As the AfroBasket Qualifiers progress, these young stars will continue to shine bright, offering glimpses of a promising future for basketball in Africa. With talent and determination, they are poised to make their mark on the international stage and inspire a new generation of basketball enthusiasts across the continent.

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