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Tunisia

Tunisia

FIBA Ranking 42nd
Joined FIBA 1956
FIBA Zone FIBA Africa
National Federation Tunisia Basketball Federation
Coach
Olympic Games
Appearances None
Medals None
World Championships
Appearances None
Medals None
FIBA Africa Championship
Appearances 18
Medals Silver: 1965
Bronze: 1970, 1974, 2009

Tunisia national basketball team is the national basketball team of Tunisia. To date, they have 18 appearances at the FIBA Africa Championship, ranking them behind only traditional African powers Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, and Egypt in total appearances. Unlike each of those three countries, however, Tunisia has never won the FIBA Africa Championship. Their best finish was at the FIBA Africa Championship 1965, when they won the silver medal as host country.[1] They also won a bronze medal at the FIBA Africa Championship 1970 and FIBA Africa Championship 1974.[2][3]

Although the Tunisians never finished worse than eighth in any of their succeeding appearances, they were not able to break onto the podium again until a surprise bronze medal run at the FIBA Africa Championship 2009. Led by All-Tournament First Team forward Amine Rzig,[4] the Tunisians went 4-2 in the preliminary rounds, winning three games by two points or less. They reached the semifinals for only the second time since 1974 by another slim margin - this time a one point victory over Mali. Although they were defeated by Angola in the semifinals, the Tunisians topped Cameroon in the bronze medal game to claim Africa's third and final automatic berth in the 2010 FIBA World Championship. This will be Tunisia's first appearance at the FIBA World Championship.

Contents

African Championship record

Current roster

Tunisia's roster for the FIBA Africa Championship 2009:

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 Tunisia

Head coach: Tunisia Adel Tlatli

# Pos Name Club Date of Birth Height
4 C Mokhtar Ghyaza Tunisia E.S. Rades November 15, 1986(1986-11-15) (age 22) 203
5 G Marouen Lahmar Tunisia Club Africain February 7, 1982(1982-02-07) (age 27) 180
6 G Nizar Knioua Tunisia Stade Nabeulien April 8, 1983(1983-04-08) (age 26) 188
7 F Naim Dhifallah Tunisia Club Africain April 12, 1982(1982-04-12) (age 27) 196
8 G Marouan Kechrid Morocco IR Tanger June 2, 1981(1981-06-02) (age 28) 176
9 SF Mohamed Hdidane Tunisia Stade Nabeulien April 27, 1986(1986-04-27) (age 23) 206
10 F Atef Maoua Tunisia J.S. Kairouan January 28, 1981(1981-01-28) (age 28) 199
11 PF Makrem Ben Romdhane Tunisia ES Sahel March 27, 1989(1989-03-27) (age 20) 204
12 SG Anis Hedidane Tunisia Stade Nabeulien November 9, 1986(1986-11-09) (age 22) 196
13 SG Amine Rzig Egypt El Geish August 25, 1980(1980-08-25) (age 29) 198
14 C Hamdi Braa Tunisia ES Sahel September 7, 1986(1986-09-07) (age 22) 203
15 C Salah Mejri Tunisia ES Sahel June 15, 1986(1986-06-15) (age 23) 216

References

  1. ^ 1965 African Championship at FIBA archive
  2. ^ 1970 African Championship at FIBA Archive
  3. ^ 1974 African Championship at FIBA.com
  4. ^ LBA - Gomes Leads All-Star Team

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