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    CIV – Amagou eager to play in Turkey with Ivory Coast

    ROANNE (2010 FIBA World Championship) - Pape-Philippe Amagou is still celebrating the fact that he and his Ivory Coast teammates are going to play at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.

    The Ivory Coast made a surprising run to the Afrobasket Final in August before falling to Angola.

    The silver medal won in Libya was deemed a huge success for the country.

    "I am very proud!" Amagou said.

    "It is a great pleasure as we were in the role of challenger.

    "The team is fun, young and the project is very good for Ivorian basketball.

    "The goal now is to qualify for the Olympics, and why not?"

    Amagou was born in Maisons-Laffitte, a suburb of Paris, and is French, but his father hailed from the Ivory Coast.

    The 23-year-old played for France's junior teams, most recently in 2005 at the U20 European Championship for Men when he averaged 10.5 points per game, but decided to pursue a national team career with the African country.

    "I made all the youth teams in France but for me," he said, "it was a little crowded at point guard and shooting guard.

    "I talked with (France coach) Vincent Collet about my desire to play for the Ivory Coast and he allowed me to join them.

    "Additionally, for me, playing for the Ivory Coast is a small tribute to my father who died in 1995."

    France finished fifth at the EuroBasket and also qualified for the FIBA World Championship.

    That means Amagou could end up facing some of his former teammates in the youth teams when the event tips off in Turkey.

    The 6ft 1in Amagou, who averaged 11.4 points per game at the Afrobasket, is on the books of Chorale Roanne in France.
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    CIV – The training programme of Côte d’Ivoire ahead FIBA World Championship 2010

    The Ivorian Basketball Federation has made public the preparation program of Elephants of Côte d’Ivoire in view of World Championship which will take place in Turkey from 28 August to 12 September 2010.

    The first phase of preparation will take place from 1st to 13 July in Lausanne in Swiss, country of Randoald Dessarzin, head-coach of the Elephants. After Swiss, the preparation will go on in France from 15 to 23 July in Beauvais.

    The practice phase with friendly games will begin in Macedonia from 25 to 27 July. Then, the Elephants will be in France from 29 July to 1st August to digest the building games before taking a flight for Madrid. In the Spanish capital, the Ivorian will also have a preparation from 2 to 13 August with friendly games.
    The last appointment prior to take area in Turkey is foreseen in Serbia from 15 to 23 August. After the stage of Belgrade, Dessarzin and his foals will move to Ankara, on 24 or on 25 August, for the competition.
    Côte d’Ivoire is drawn in group C alongside with Greece, Turkey, Porto-Rico, Russia and China.
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    CIV - Alain Digbeu and Hervé Lamizana contacted

    The Ivorian Basketball Federation (FIBB) has begun the preparation of FIBA World Championship to be held in next summer in Turkey for that purpose Hervé Lamizana and Alain Digbeu have been contacted to take part to the training round.

    Selected as player of France National Team from 1999 to 2003, Alain Digbeu could return to his Ivorian origins within the period of a World Championship. After having made fine days with ASVEL, the 50th choice of 1997 draft NBA in the direction of Hawks of Atlanta (club with which he has never played ), has been contacted by the Elephants management staff to wear for the first time the Ivorian tunic. From the top of his 1m96, the forward with French nationality has yet given definite response to FIBB.

    Hervé Lamizana is also on the rooster of probable basket players who will defend Ivorian colours in Ankara. Even though Koré Moïse, President of FIBB, said to have given him up, the current lodger of Chinese Basketball Championship has given his agreement to joint the team of Randoald Dessarzin, which begins its building round from the 1st of July in Swiss. Francis Koffi, brother of Alain Koffi, has also been contacted.
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    Did Lamizana ever play for Ivory Coast? This guy can jump straight out of the roof. He just broke Yao's CBA record of # of blocks in a game, when he registered 13 (in OT though) blocks Personally I think he'd surprise a lot of people, he's very smooth on both ends.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sinobball View Post
    Did Lamizana ever play for Ivory Coast? This guy can jump straight out of the roof. He just broke Yao's CBA record of # of blocks in a game, when he registered 13 (in OT though) blocks Personally I think he'd surprise a lot of people, he's very smooth on both ends.
    he played for years in the Arabic region and he even asked to be naturalized for Lebanon!
    He's a very tough player but he's limited offensively!
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    Preliminary roster for Turkey 2010:
    http://www.ivoirebasket.com/Competit...ie-2010/x.html
    I thought Abdullai Jalloh is from Gambia...

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    CIV – Kone: ‘We’re not going to Turkey just to participate’

    21/06/2010. ABIDJAN (2010 FIBA World Championship) - If Ivory Coast are going to survive a tough Group C and advance to the knockout stages of the FIBA World Championship in Turkey, they’ll need some big performances from Mohamed Kone. The 2.11m center was sensational at the Afrobasket last summer, helping his country snatch an unexpected silver medal.

    They finished the tournament with five wins and four defeats, but every one of the victories were crucial.

    In the 68-61 upset of Cameroon in the Semi-Finals, the win that sealed a spot at the FIBA World Championship, the 29-year-old Kone had 11 points, 10 rebounds and one block.

    “My wish was to represent the Ivory Coast the best that I could, even though it wasn’t easy sometimes,” Kone said.

    “I was playing 100% just like my teammates.

    “That was my first participation in a competition of this caliber, therefore I had to make good impression.”

    Kone, who played college basketball in America at Southern Idaho and Valparaiso – the same university of Angola captain Joaquim Gomes – and also competed professionally in France, should feel right at home in Turkey this summer.

    He spent this season with Erdemirspor in the country’s top flight and averaged almost eight points and more than six rebounds per game.

    Ivory Coast will compete against Greece, Russia, Puerto Rico, China and hosts Turkey in the Preliminary Round.

    Kone will have a special feeling when he puts on the national team shirt.

    Looking back at last summer, when he played at the FIBA Africa Championship for the first time in Libya, he said: “During the first game of the 2009 Afrobasket in Libya, I realized that I wasn’t playing for just a team but for my country.

    “I was a little bit shaky at the beginning but everything was cool afterwards.”

    Kone, who says his favorite player is former Team USA star Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics, is very excited about taking part in the FIBA World Championship.

    His aim?

    “Show to the world that we’re not going there just to participate,” he said.

    “I am a competitor. When I play, I do it with my heart like any other athlete.

    “I am not saying that I am going there to win the title, but I am going to represent my country well and I’ll do that with God’s will.”
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    CIV – FIBA World Championship: A provisional 24-men squad named

    At the end of the weekly meeting of the Executive Committee of Ivorian Basketball Federation (FIBB) held last week, a provisional 24 men squad has been named ahead the FIBA World Championship to be held from 28th August to 10 September 2010 in Turkey. The previsional team list

    Amagou Pape-Philippe (Roanne, Pro A, France), Diabate Souleyman Mouloukou (Roanne, Pro A, France), Abouo Charles Noe ( Byu, NCAA, USA), Touali Guy-Serges (SOA, N1A, Cote d'Ivoire), Gnagbo Patrick Herve ( CB L'Alfasdel Pi, Spain), Konan Kouassi Serge (Spain), Koffi Angaman Jean-Philippe (Lucon, NM2, France), Cisse Ibrahim (Riva del Garda, Italia), Assie Brice ( San Martin, TNA, Argentina), Tape Didier Eric ( Rodez, NM3, France), Dja Konan Patrick (Liberty Flames, NCAA, USA), Meite Namori (Evreux, Pro B, France), Kale Monyongo Jonathan Pierre ( Hagen, Germany), N'diaye Ismaël (Lausanne, Swizerland), Kone Mohamed Deba (Erdemirspor, Turkey), Ouegnin Jonathan (USA), Lamizana Herve (Tianjin, China), Kounkorgo Frederic (USA), Konate Sornan Kinidinnin Stephane (ABC, N1A, Cote d'Ivoire), Afeli Yao Serge ( France), Soumahoro Issife ( Strasbourg, France), Aka Wilfried (Paris-Levallois, Pro A, France), Mamadi Mekaleka (Huesca, Espagne) et Remi Dibo (USA).
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    Hello all
    I have checked the last update of the Ivory Coast roster for the WC and Errick Craven is not among the 24 reamining players.
    I have checked and after averaging 18 mpg he did not play the final of the last Africabasket 2009 due to coach decision.
    Anyone has any idea what happened? A fall out with the coach?
    Help much appreciated, thanks

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    Roster cut to 17:
    Charles Abouo, Pape-Philippe Amagou, Brice Assie, Mouloukou Diabate, Remi Dibo, Landry Guy, Jonathan Kale, Philippe Koffi, Stephane Konate, Mohamed Kone, Herve Lamizana, Namori Meite, Ismael N'Diaye, Issife Soumahoro, Didier Tape, Mickael Toti, Guy Serge Toualy.
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    LAS PALMAS, Spain – BYU guard/forward Charles Abouo is gaining valuable experience as a member of the Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) National Team this summer.

    Cote d’Ivoire recently played in the Las Palmas Tournament in Spain. Abouo tied for a team high with 12 points in an 85-70 loss to Spain. Abouo and Cote d’Ivoire were competitive for much of the contest, trailing 38-34 at the half and by just two at 58-56 in the third quarter.

    Three of the five starters for Spain — Juan Carlos Navarro, Marc Gasol and Rudy Fernandez — play significant roles for their respective NBA teams. Another starter, Ricky Rubio, was the fifth pick in the 2009 NBA Draft but has continued to play professionally in Spain.

    The Las Palmas Tournament is a preparatory tournament for the 2010 FIBA World Championships in Turkey. Cote d’Ivoire qualified for the World Championships last summer by taking second at the 2009 Afrobasket Tournament. Abouo averaged 5.2 points and 2.2 rebounds at Afrobasket.
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    Does anyone know which 12 players going to WC 2010?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarryWhite View Post
    Does anyone know which 12 players going to WC 2010?
    Charles Abouo, Pape-Philippe Amagou, Brice Assié, Souleyman Diabaté, Jonathan Kalé, Stephane Konaté, Mohamed Koné, Hervé Lamizana, Ismael N’Diaye, Issife Soumahoro, Eric Tapé, Mickael Toti
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    Final results for Ivory Coast:

    CIV / Turkey 47-86

    CIV / China 73-83

    CIV / Russia 66-72

    CIV / Greece 60-97

    CIV / Puerto Rico 88-79

    If it is of any consolation, a lone win against 4 losses on 5 games is better than no wins at all.
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    Their coach Dessarzin resigned. I heard players are still waiting for payments from last year's African Championships...

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    I hope this kind of things not kill these group.
    I think the Ivory Cost has the potential to became next African Champion.

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    CIV – Kone still dreaming for Ivory Coast

    VALENCIA (2011 Afrobasket) – Mo Kone beams with pride when he thinks about his last two summers wearing the Ivory Coast jersey.

    And why not?

    This was a team that surprised nearly everyone by reaching the Afrobasket Final in Libya and qualifying for the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

    In Turkey, Ivory Coast was the team, remember, that suffered narrow defeats to China (83-73) and Russia (72-66).

    It was a side that took part in one of the more bizarre games at the 24-team event, beating Puerto Rico in their last Group C game, 88-79, to deny the FIBA Americas outfit a place in the next round.

    When Kone dunked in the last minute for an 88-76 lead, Ivory Coast had the advantage they needed to advance to the Eight-Finals.

    But David Huertas of Puerto Rico spoiled the celebrations by making a three-pointer in the waning seconds to reduce the margin of Ivory Coast’s victory.

    As it was, the nine-point win allowed China to claim fourth place in the group instead.

    There was disappointment that day for Kone and his teammates because they did not move on, but several months later and there is no regret.

    There is only satisfaction.

    "It was my first World Championship and a great experience," Kone said to FIBA.com.

    "We played against the best players from around the world.

    “It was my first one, like a dream, because I used to watch it on TV as a kid.

    "To have a chance to experience this was a great feeling.”

    Kone, who was speaking after playing an ACB game for Lagun Aro GBC at Power Electronics Valencia on Sunday, said: "Many people didn't expect us to play as well as we did.

    "We had big losses to Turkey and Greece, but we had a our chances.

    "It was a good experience and next time when we go back, I think we'll do a better job.”

    By playing as well as they did the last two summers, Ivory Coast won a lot of fans back home and served as inspiration.

    "A lot of young Ivorians gained interest in our team,” Kone said.

    "The organization in the country isn't that good, and players are in Europe or the United States.

    "But more and more young players are gaining interest and I hope that in the future, it's going to be better players, talented players in the national team.”

    Unfortunately for Kone and his Ivory Coast teammates, there are issues that they can’t control on the basketball court that will determine the future of the national side.

    Where is the Afrobasket going to be?

    "I don't know,” Kone said.

    “I heard Morocco.

    “I heard Madagascar and I heard Angola.

    “I'm not sure where the Afrobasket will be.”

    There is also the question of internal strife in Ivory Coast.

    "I'm going to play, although there is a tough situation in my country right now politically,” Kone said.

    "We don't know who is going to be the Minister of Sport and what's going to happen, but that will have an impact.

    "We're waiting. Everyone in the team wants to play.”

    If Ivory Coast are able to play and enjoy good preparations, they’ll be thinking about one thing and that is dethroning African champions Angola.

    "I think we've got a good team,” Kone said.

    “Angola I think respects us now.

    “We got to the Final of the 2009 Afrobasket so we get their respect.

    "We have a good team. I think we've got a better team.”

    Should Ivory Coast beat Angola, they would book their place in the Olympics.

    "Ah, it would be great,” Kone said.

    “That would be a dream, too. It's what you watch on TV. I hope we make it.”

    For now, Kone, who played college basketball in America at Southern Idaho and then Valparaiso before moving to Europe and competing in France, Turkey and Spain, is concentrating on his career in the ACB.

    "I'm happy here,” he said.

    “It's a great league, the best in Europe.”
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    Thanks for posting this article, Rik. I wish they wrote a little more about Kone's thoughts on the political situation. I'm sure Kone talked a lot about what's happening as far as the election's legitimacy, but it wasn't published. Well, I guess FIBA tries to stay apolitical for the most part and maybe Kone didn't want to speculate...

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    Any news on Errick Craven? Any chance he will play again for Ivory Coast? If I remember correctly, Craven last suited up for Ivory Coast back in 2009.
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    Some news about the Elephants:

    FIBB-president More Koise is in exile in Ghana and his mandate finished 24th of March. Vice-president Emmanuel Amichia is currently running things despite no elections has been taking place due to the refusal by some of the clubs presidents (ASEC and ABC). With no president-election and a president, there will be no money coming from the government (no preparation, no players...)...let's see what happens next in Abidjan...

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