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    Twelve overseas pro players had been called to join the Congolese NT for the Afrobasket:

    Giovane Oniangue (Paris Levallois, France)
    Nobel Boungou Colo (Limoges, France)
    Jean-Michel Mipoka (Limoges, France)
    Jean-Felix Moupegnou (Quimper, France)
    Camille Eleka (Lorient, France)
    Loïk Akono (Lille, France)
    Kris Morlende (Blois, France)
    Rudy Okemba (Le Portel, France)
    Paccelis Morlende (ASVEL, France)
    Igor Ibaka (ABP Badajoz , Spain)
    Clarence July (Berk, France)
    Karl Niamamoukoko (Estudiantes Madrid, Spain)

    According to a local article 5 out of them are already in Brazzaville training together with some local Congolese players. These are:

    Giovane Oniangue
    Felix Moupegnou
    Kris Morlende
    Rudy Okemba
    Karl Niamamoukoko

    Nobel Boungou Colo is expected to join the team in the coming days, among with Igor Ibaka and Tselan Tsiene Etou who are currently in the States.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixama23 View Post
    Twelve overseas pro players had been called to join the Congolese NT for the Afrobasket:

    Giovane Oniangue (Paris Levallois, France)
    Nobel Boungou Colo (Limoges, France)
    Jean-Michel Mipoka (Limoges, France)
    Jean-Felix Moupegnou (Quimper, France)
    Camille Eleka (Lorient, France)
    Loïk Akono (Lille, France)
    Kris Morlende (Blois, France)
    Rudy Okemba (Le Portel, France)
    Paccelis Morlende (ASVEL, France)
    Igor Ibaka (ABP Badajoz , Spain)
    Clarence July (Berk, France)
    Karl Niamamoukoko (Estudiantes Madrid, Spain)

    According to a local article 5 out of them are already in Brazzaville training together with some local Congolese players. These are:

    Giovane Oniangue
    Felix Moupegnou
    Kris Morlende
    Rudy Okemba
    Karl Niamamoukoko

    Nobel Boungou Colo is expected to join the team in the coming days, among with Igor Ibaka and Tselan Tsiene Etou who are currently in the States.
    Paccelis Morlende represented France on a senior-level while Eleka was an U19 player and Mipoka an U20 player for France. Probably the reason why they arent in the camp.
    Interesting to see which passport Etou is going to use for the FIBA champs.

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    Despite participating in the 1st part of the preparations in France, Nobel Boungou Colo has refused to travel with the rest of the team to Congo.
    He also refused to rejoin the team because of organizational reasons, such as lack of medical staff and professional structure around the team.

    http://www.adiac-congo.com/content/b...de-la-diaspora

    Giovan Oniangue has uploaded some nice photos on his website. The photos are from the training camp which took place in France in early July...

    http://www.giovanoniangue.com/prepar...e-lafrobasket/

    Have no idea if Igor Ibaka or Junior Etou has joined the team...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mojado View Post
    Interesting to see which passport Etou is going to use for the FIBA champs.
    Apparently he made the wrong choice:

    http://deadspin.com/coaches-high-sch...e-d-1471376031

    According to FIBA officials, Etou signed on to play for the Congo Republic again in this summer's AfroBasket senior men's tourney. And he presented the group with his new set of documents, including the birth certificate issued this year, and asked that FIBA revise his official basketball birthday to June 4, 1994. Whether he was 19 or 21 years old made no difference to tournament organizers—all ages are eligible for play in AfroBasket's senior men's championship—but Etou surely knew that after all the hubbub in the WCAC he could not play at his old age without causing lots of trouble for those left behind at O'Connell.

    So FIBA had no choice but to re-open Etou's file and mull the evidence.

    Bad news, Junior: "This request was refused by FIBA," said FIBA spokesman Simon Wilkinson in a statement issued in response to questions from Deadspin, "and consequently the player was declared ineligible to participate as 1994-born in the AfroBasket." If he wanted to play for Congo in 2013, he'd have to play as a 21-year old. Etou did not suit up for the tournament.
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