CHALONS-EN-CHAMPAGNE (FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Africa Qualifiers) - Cameroon point guard Gedeon Pitard is confident in his team's chances of advancing to the second round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 African Qualifiers.
"Now we have to go to Tunis and win, no matter what," the 28-year-old told FIBA.basketball.
The second-leg of Group A will take place in the Tunisian capital from June 29 to July 1.
Pitard, who plays for Chalons- Reims in France's top flight PRO A, is adamant Cameroon have sufficient means to ensure a first-ever appearance in FIBA's flagship event.
"We did great things in November and we have a lot of talent coming up so I'm confident for the future," he said. "We have more and more professional players and guys that can play at the very high level.
"Jeremy Nzeulie plays a lot with his club, but he still comes to compete with the national team. Similarly to Kenneth Kadji. Guys love to represent the country and help basketball grow in Cameroon by helping the national team be more and more competitive."
"I believe in hard work and in our team. We can make it to China. We have a positive mindset and we are going to do everything possible to qualify for the World Cup. Representing your country and playing against the best players in the world would be a dream come true."
As the team that made the most three-point shots in the African Qualifiers (16 against Guinea), Cameroon couldn't be any more confident for the upcoming second-leg of Group A.