Cameroon – Revenge gone wrong: New basketball team eliminated from Rio 2016, after chasing away the best players!

Written by Deckson N.

By excluding the vice-champions of Africa in 2015 and by replacing them with non-experienced players within weeks of a qualifying tournament for the 2016 Olympic Games, the FECABASKET have ruined the chances of the national team of Cameroon.

Last week, the Indomitable Lionesses of basketball were eliminated from the race for the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games 2016. They lost their two group matches against Argentina and Turkey, as part of the pre-Olympic tournament organized in France. With these results, the players of the new coach Moudio could not continue the competition.

At their first release on June 13, 2016, the captain Ramsesse Lonlack and her teammates were beaten by Argentina 64-75. Two days later, the Lionesses sank before the Turkish selection 72-46.

With the group sent to France with only “a few weeks of life,” one was normally expecting but a miracle to occur. Difficult, indeed, to see shine at this level a team rebuilt to 90% on order of officials of the Cameroon Basketball Federation. They had the bad idea to sweep both the technical staff and the vast majority of players who have allowed the selection of Cameroon to become vice-champion of Africa in October 2015.

Even if they do not admit it, they appeased a burning desire for revenge. Must we recall, the strike by the players at the end of the last Afrobasket intended to see enhanced their bonuses that remained in the craw of the Federation’s leaders. They banned the former captain Amina Njonkou and other strikers.

They advanced as reason, without convincing many people, that they had to rejuvenate the workforce. Was it suppose to be done on the eve of the qualifying tournament for the Olympic Games? With young people who for some are older than the banned? Bad choice as the new coach and new players have not kept the promises of the women Afrobasket. That’s a big task to be included in the record of President Samuel Tendong Nduku over the end of the Olympiad elections scheduled at the end of this year.

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