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The MVP of each team present in Dakar – FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2023 African Qualifiers 2023

DAKAR (Senegal) – The second qualifying window of the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup 2023 Africa Qualifiers came to an end in Dakar on Sunday, with each team now having better visibility on how far they still have to go in the first round of the group stage. .

Even if it was the collective performances that were decisive in the results obtained by the eight nations involved, a few players particularly stood out individually. We have decided to present to you here those who, in our opinion, have best taken on the role of leader of their respective national teams.

Our choices were notably influenced by their leadership at various levels, their statistics and their ratings.

Jordan Sakho (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

It is not for his longevity within his national team that Sakho obtains the title of MVP of his country at the end of this second qualifying window, but for his decisive impact during the three games.

Jordan Sakho (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

The Congolese launched their quest for participation in the world tournament with a 2-1 record and Sakho shone in Dakar.

The inside of 2.07 shot me with an average of 10.7 points and with a rating – the best of his team – of +11.7 per game.

Anas Mahmoud (Egypt)

Can we talk about Egyptian basketball without mentioning all the influence of Mahmoud? Certainly not.

In Dakar, he proved once again that his size, his skills and his leadership were essential elements for Egypt to succeed.

Anas Mahmoud (Egypt)

No wonder Egypt manager Roy Rana describes it this way: “He is unique, not just for Egypt, but for basketball in general. A player of his size capable of handling the ball so well, of passing, of attacking the basket and of hindering his opponents so much in defense, it is not usual. He is present in rebounds, he has a very promising future ahead of him and we are just happy that he is Egyptian. His impact on the team is huge.”says the Canadian technician.

The Zamalek star posted ratings averages of 15.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and +16.7.

Jowel Awich (Kenya)

In the absence of Tyler Ongwae, Kenya did not look as dangerous as usual. Nevertheless, Awich stood out by struggling to limit the damage.

Joel Awich (Kenya)

Awich averaged 9.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in 31.1 minutes per game. He was the most used player on his team. Behaving like a leader, he will try to re-motivate the troops after this disastrous first window, Kenya having allowed an average of 90 points per game, against only 54 scored.

Youssoupha Ndoye (Senegal)

Ndoye’s performances in Dakar were full of ups and downs, but he still set the new Africa Zone Qualifiers single-game rebounds record (20), scoring two double-doubles in total for the Senegalese.

After a modest performance in the 62-57 defeat against the Democratic Republic of Congo, with 7 points and 4 rebounds, Ndoye was able to react the next day during the very clear victory against Kenya (100-55).

Youssoupha Ndoye (Senegal)

With 21 points and 11 rebounds, Ndoye – author of an evaluation of + 24 – was without question the man of the tournament for Senegal.

Omar Abada (Tunisia)

Tunisia captain Makram Ben Romdhane remains Tunisia’s undisputed leader, but Abada’s recent games continue to suggest he is emerging as their worthy successor.

Omar Abada (Tunisia)

Top scorer with an average of 17 points and best passer with 3 assists per game for his team, he completed the three days of competition with an average rating of + 15. Abada’s stats only underline his importance for the Eagles of Carthage.

Jordan Bayehe (Cameroon)

Cameroon returned to the country with a record of 1-2, certainly not what they hoped for, but seeing Jordan Bayehe evolve at such a level brings hope for the Lions, still in full reconstruction.

Jordan Bayehe (Cameroon)

The more time the 22-year-old spends on the pitch, the more he justifies his place in the national team.

Kendall Gray (Rwanda)

The Rwandan-American has been the heart and lungs of the East Africans in Dakar.

And even if Rwanda leave Senegal without a win, they can appreciate Gray’s tireless work on both sides of the pitch.

Kendall Gray (Rwanda)

Gray’s averages: 8 points, 6 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. The Rwandans will have to get back to work, stick together and correct their mistakes if they intend to have a chance of participating in the second round of the Africa Zone Qualifiers.

Anyiarbany Makoi (South Sudan)

South Sudan is undeniably the rising nation of African basketball and its rapid rise is due to the talent of players like Makoi.

Sunday, the 21-year-old basketball player punctuated the 3 days of competition with an evaluation of + 28 against Cameroon, South Sudan at the same time chaining a third consecutive success.

Across the tournament, Makoi averaged 13 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 25.6 minutes of play.

Anyiarbany Makoi (South Sudan)

Makoi was extremely combative on both sides of the pitch for the majority of the three games.

In his last game in Dakar, the 1.93 m point guard went 10-of-12 on field trips and 4-on-6 on free throws to finish as the game’s top scorer with 25 points, to which he added 7 rebounds.

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