KIGALI (FIBA Africa U18 Championship 2016) - Tunisian Mohamed Adam Rassil is so confident in his game that he believes that his country can win the ongoing FIBA Africa U18 Championship.
We are more confident and focused on our main target which is winning the title. We have watched other teams play, and sincerely, it won’t be easy but we will put all our energy in every game." - Rassil
They bounced back with wins over the DR Congo and Benin, and will be facing title legitimate contender Egypt on Tuesday.
Talking to FIBA.com, minutes after Tunisia’s win over Benin, the 18-year-old forward said: “We are more confident and focused on our main target which is winning the title. We have watched other teams play, and sincerely, it won’t be easy but we will put all our energy in every game.”
Rassil has become Tunisia’s leading scorer in Kigali with averages of 16.7 points per contest.
Having played at last year’s FIBA U19 World Championship, from where the Tunisians returned home winless in seven games, Rassil feels that it’s all about a learning process.
With next year’s FIBA U19 World Championship coming to Africa - Cairo has been the chosen the host city - for the first time ever, the 2.00m forward, who last played for local Association Sportive Hammamet (ASH), insists Cairo will be the place to be.
But first, they must pass the Kigali test where 11 teams are chasing a place at the Cairo 2017 showdown.
“Now I can smile as we’ve started winning games. We had a tough beginning against a very good Angolan team with well-prepared players. Even in that game, we were not too bad. We lost because we were not mentally strong as they put much pressure.”
Asked to talk about his basketball expectations, Rassil was straightforward: “Obviously, my expectation is to make it the senior national team.
“Like most players of my age, the dream is to play in NBA. I hope this can become true one day. Years ago, nobody [in Tunisia] dreamed of an NBA career. Now that, Salah Mejri - one of our role model - has opened the doors, anything can happen.”
None can blame for his ambition. Let the FIBA Africa U18 continue