OUAGADOUGOU (FIBA AfroBasket 2017) - The Burkina Faso Basketball Federation (FEBBA) has appointed coach Bagouhinisse Dah in an interim position to lead the men's national team for the FIBA AfroBasket 2017 Group C Qualifiers.
Dah, who was the assistant to former Frenchman Jean Paul Rebatet, will be assisted by Amadou Ba coming from Senegal in a camp to be held in Ouagadougou.
The new coach, in an effort to have a positive shot at picking a ticket for the FIBA AfroBasket 2017 Final Round, has called up a mix of experienced and young players among whom are two France-based players Jean-Victor Traore and Joris Bado.
The list of home-based players is led by Herve Yameogo who will guide rising young talents like Stephane Nissao and Camille Bihoun of Racing Club Kadiogo of Ouagadougou among other players.
The interim coach's request for foreign-based Samuel Ouedraogo, Kader Tapsoba and Demba Fofana did not seal through just as the team’s captain Moussa Ouattara based in Belgium won’t be available for the qualifiers.
According to the Burkina Faso Basketball Federation Secretary General Guebre Boukary, coach Dah and his crew have been charged to ensure qualification and return the country to their first FIBA AfroBasket appearance since 2013.
"The task before the new coach and the players is for them to enjoy themselves playing the game but give their best in getting the qualification at the end of the games against Benin, Niger and Cote d'Ivoire.
"We understand the levels of basketball of our opponents and believe we have a chance to get a place in the continental finals holding in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo (19-30 August)."