KIGALI (FIBA Africa U18 Championship 2016) - Two weeks after making his debut with Angola’s senior national team at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) in Belgrade, Silvio De Sousa is back in action with the red jersey making noise at the FIBA Africa U18 Championship taking place in Kigali, Rwanda.
‘‘It was a great opportunity to make it to the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament with the senior team. I have learned too many things and I hope that my teammates and I could benefit from my this experience’’, he told FIBA.com.
What Rwandan fans are watching De Sousa doing in Kigali, Serbian fans already witnessed early this month.
Here's a De Sousa's thunderous dunk ranked among the Top 10 plays in Belgrade OQT.
Even though De Sousa ranks among the tournament leading scorers with 19 points per game, he puts the team effort above everything else.
"We play as a team without chasing individual statistics," he said. "The important is to repeat what the coaches teach us during the practice," the 17-year-old explained.
Angola are seen as one of the teams to beat at this year’s edition of FIBA Africa’s flagship youth tournament, and two games into the competition, they are living up to their expectations.
The Southern Africans made a tremendous statement of their intentions in the tournament by beating title contenders Tunisia in their Group B opener.
In Day 2, Angola outplayed Benin with a comprehensive 127-29 win. Things are looking good for De Sousa and teammates.
"It's important to start in a winning mode," but the Montverde Academy player admits that the tournament is to become tougher over the next few days.
They face competition from frontrunners Egypt, Mali, Tunisia, and hosts Rwanda.
That’s the reason De Sousa insists that ‘‘team effort could help us achieve great performances’’ in the Rwanda showdown.
Angola last won the continental crown at U18 level back in 1988, and they firmly expect to return to the podium again.