Egypt national basketball team

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Egypt Egypt مصر
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FIBA ranking 60 Steady
Joined FIBA 1934
FIBA zone FIBA Africa
National federation Egyptian Basketball Federation
Coach Amr Abould Kheir
Nickname(s) The Pharaohs
Olympic Games
Appearances 7
Medals None
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 6
Medals None
FIBA Africa Championship
Appearances 21
Medals Gold medal africa.svg Gold: 1962, 1964, 1970, 1975, 1983
Silver medal africa.svg Silver: 1972, 1981, 1987, 1989, 1993, 2013
Bronze medal africa.svg Bronze: 1978, 1985, 1992, 1999, 2001, 2003
FIBA EuroBasket
Appearances 4
Medals Gold medal europe.svg Gold: 1949
Bronze medal europe.svg Bronze: 1947
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The Egyptian national basketball team is the basketball side that represents Egypt in international competitions. It is organized and run by the Egyptian Basketball Federation (Arabic: المصري لكرة السلة الاتحاد‎).[1]

Team Egypt has a legacy of remarkable achievements. Its 9th place finish at the 1952 Summer Olympics, as well as its 5th place finish at the 1950 FIBA World Championship, remain the best results ever of an African nation at each tournament. Further, the title of the EuroBasket 1949, is the most prestigious basketball title of an African nation as well. At the FIBA Africa Championship, Egypt holds a record number of 17 medals.

Egypt joined the International Federation of Basketball (FIBA) in 1934 and has Africa's longest basketball tradition.


EuroBasket 1937[edit]

The Egyptians finished last at the second European basketball championship, the EuroBasket 1937 held by FIBA Europe continental federation. They had lost their first two preliminary round games against Estonia and Lithuania before withdrawing from the tournament. Their remaining matches were lost by default, including the final preliminary match, the classification semifinal, and the 7th/8th playoff.

EuroBasket 1947[edit]

Egypt was much more successful in their next appearance, EuroBasket 1947. They won all three of their preliminary group matches and their first semifinal group game. Their only loss of the tournament came to eventual gold medallist Soviet Union in the second semifinal group game, before Egypt won their third. Their 2–1 record in the semifinal group placed them second and set up a bronze medal match against Belgium, whom Egypt had defeated in the preliminary round. Egypt won again in a close 50–48 match, winning their first European medal.

EuroBasket 1949[edit]

The following championship was both hosted and won by Egypt. In a sparsely contested event with only seven teams, none of which had placed better than third previously (France and Egypt had both done so), the Egyptians had little trouble winning their first five games. By the luck of the draw, Egypt did not face France until the last game of the tournament, so while the standings were based entirely on the seven-team round robin, the two undefeated teams found themselves facing each other in the last game of the tournament. Dominating 36–16 after the first half, the Egyptians added another point to their lead in the second half to win the game 57–36. The star player and captain Albert Tadros, deserves praise for his great skill and excellent leadership.

EuroBasket 1953[edit]

In Moscow, the Egyptian team once again competed. EuroBasket 1953 saw the Egypt squad win their preliminary group easily, scoring more points in the round than anyone save the Soviet Union and Bulgaria, the latter of which had had one more game than Egypt. The final round was less conducive to Egyptian success, however; they defeated only Italy on their way to a 1–6 record. Their six losses included a forfeit to Israel, whom Egypt refused to play. The squad took 8th place of the 8 teams in the final round and 17 overall.

Later years[edit]

Overall, some of the prominent players include Medhat warda, Ahmed Ismail, Alan Atallah, Salawaa and Ahmed Abuelfetouh.

Performance table[edit]

Summer Olympic Games record[edit]

Year Position Tournament Host
1936 15–18 Basketball at the 1936 Summer Olympics Berlin, Germany
1948 19 Basketball at the 1948 Summer Olympics London, United Kingdom
1952 9–16 Basketball at the 1952 Summer Olympics Helsinki, Finland
1972 16 Basketball at the 1972 Summer Olympics Munich, Germany
1976 12 Basketball at the 1976 Summer Olympics Montreal, Canada
1984 12 Basketball at the 1984 Summer Olympics Los Angeles, United States
1988 12 Basketball at the 1988 Summer Olympics Seoul, South Korea
2016 TBD Basketball at the 2016 Summer Olympics Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

FIBA World Cup record[edit]

Year Position Tournament Host
1950 5 1950 FIBA World Championship Buenos Aires, Argentina
1959 11 1959 FIBA World Championship Chile
1970 13 1970 FIBA World Championship Yugoslavia
1990 16 1990 FIBA World Championship Argentina
1994 14 1994 FIBA World Championship Canada
2014 Qualified 2014 FIBA World Cup Spain

FIBA EuroBasket record[edit]

Between 1937 and 1953, Egypt competed in the European Championship.

Year Position Tournament Host
1937 8 EuroBasket 1937 Riga, Latvia
1939 EuroBasket 1951 Kaunas, Lithuania
1946 EuroBasket 1946 Geneva, Switzerland
1947 3 EuroBasket 1947 Prague, Czechoslovakia
1949 1 EuroBasket 1949 Cairo, Egypt
1951 EuroBasket 1951 Paris, France
1953 8 EuroBasket 1953 Moscow, USSR

FIBA Africa Championship record[edit]

Year Position Tournament Host
1962 1 FIBA Africa Championship 1962 Cairo, Egypt
1964 1 FIBA Africa Championship 1964 Casablanca, Morocco
1965 FIBA Africa Championship 1965 Tunis, Tunisia
1968 FIBA Africa Championship 1968 Casablanca, Morocco
1970 1 FIBA Africa Championship 1970 Alexandria, Egypt
1972 2 FIBA Africa Championship 1972 Dakar, Senegal
1974 FIBA Africa Championship 1974 Bangui, Central African Republic
1975 1 FIBA Africa Championship 1975 Alexandria, Egypt
1978 3 FIBA Africa Championship 1978 Dakar, Senegal
1980 FIBA Africa Championship 1980 Rabat, Morocco
1981 2 FIBA Africa Championship 1981 Mogadishu, Somalia
1983 1 FIBA Africa Championship 1983 Alexandria, Egypt
1985 3 FIBA Africa Championship 1985 Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
1987 2 FIBA Africa Championship 1987 Tunis, Tunisia
1989 2 FIBA Africa Championship 1989 Luanda, Angola
1992 3 FIBA Africa Championship 1992 Cairo, Egypt
1993 2 FIBA Africa Championship 1993 Nairobi, Kenya
1995 FIBA Africa Championship 1995 Algiers, Algeria
1997 4 FIBA Africa Championship 1997 Dakar, Senegal
1999 3 FIBA Africa Championship 1999 Angola
2001 3 FIBA Africa Championship 2001 Morocco
2003 3 FIBA Africa Championship 2003 Alexandria, Egypt
2005 FIBA Africa Championship 2005 Algiers, Algeria
2007 4 FIBA Africa Championship 2007 Angola
2009 10 FIBA Africa Championship 2009 Libya
2011 11 FIBA Africa Championship 2011 Antananarivo, Madagascar
2013 2 2013 FIBA Africa Championship Côte d'Ivoire

Mediterranean Games record[edit]


Team for the 2013 FIBA Africa Championship.

Egypt men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age - DOB Ht. Club Club nat.
SG 4 El-Sabagh, Mouhanad 25 – (1988-04-23)23 April 1988 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Al-Ittihad Alexandria Egypt
SG 5 Aboukhadra, Ibrahim 25 – (1988-07-17)17 July 1988 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) Al Ahly Egypt
PF 6 Kamal, Haytham 26 – (1987-01-17)17 January 1987 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) Al-Ittihad Alexandria Egypt
PG 7 Badr, Wael 34 – (1978-12-01)1 December 1978 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Alexandria Sporting Club Egypt
SG 8 Michael, Jordan 28 – (1985-05-09)9 May 1985 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Zamalek Egypt
SG 9 El-Gammal, Ibrahim 25 – (1988-03-23)23 March 1988 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Al Ahly Egypt
SF 10 El-Lethi, Mouhamad 23 – (1990-01-10)10 January 1990 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) Alexandria Sporting Club Egypt
SG 11 Abd Alla, Sherif 34 – (1979-04-03)3 April 1979 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) Gezira Egypt
SF 12 Shousha, Youssef 20 – (1993-06-09)9 June 1993 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) Alexandria Sporting Club Egypt
SF 13 Baraka, Ahmad 24 – (1989-02-09)9 February 1989 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Gezira Egypt
PF 14 Ibrahim, Rami 25 – (1988-02-06)6 February 1988 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) Al-Ittihad Alexandria Egypt
C 15 Marei, Assem 21 – (1992-06-16)16 June 1992 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) Minnesota State Mavericks United States
Head coach
Assistant coach

  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 20 August 2013

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Bench Inactive*
C Assem Marei Mouhamad El-Lethi Anas Osama
PF Rami Ibrahim Haytham Kamal
SF Ibrahim El-Gammal Ahmad Baraka
SG Youssef Shousha Sherif Abd Alla
PG Wael Badr Mouhanad El-Sabagh Ibrahim Abou-khadra

* Note: In the aftermath of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, several of Egypt's elite players did not compete at the 2011 FIBA Africa Championship. Most notably, college-standout Omar Oraby, the Egyptian American Omar Samhan, and Ahmad Ismail, All-Star forward in the Lebanese Basketball League.

Head coach history[edit]

Past rosters[edit]

1936 Olympic Games: finished 15th among 21 teams

Abdel Moneim Wahby, Albert Tadros, Rashad Shafshak, Riad Nosseir, Wahib Hussein, G. el-Din Sabri, E. Riskalla, K. Riad

1937 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 8 teams

1947 EuroBasket: finished 3rd among 14 teams

Albert Tadros, Gabriel "Gaby" Catafago, Youssef Abbas, Fouad Abdelmeguid el-Kheir, Abdelrahman Ismail, Hussein Montasser, Wahid Saleh, Zaki Harari, Hassan Moawad, Zaki Yehia, Guido Acher, Maurice Calife

1948 Olympic Games: finished 19th among 23 teams

Albert Tadros, Gabriel "Gaby" Catafago, Fouad Abdelmeguid el-Kheir, Youssef Abbas, Abdelrahman Ismail, Hussein Montasser, Youssef Abouaouf, Medhat Youssef, Mohammed Soliman, Nessim Salah el-Dine, Robert Makzoume, Hassan Moawad, Mohammed Habib, Mahmoud Leissy

EuroBasket 1949: finished 1st among 7 teams

Gabriel "Gaby" Catafago, Albert Tadros, Youssef Abouaouf, Fouad Abdelmeguid el-Kheir, Abdelrahman Ismail, Hussein Montasser, Nessim Salah el-Dine, Wahid Saleh, Medhat Youssef, Mohammed Soliman, Youssef Abbas, Mohammed Ali el-Rashidi (Coach: Carmine "Nello" Paratore), Team captain: Albert Tadros

1950 World Championship: finished 5th among 10 teams

Gabriel "Gaby" Catafago, Albert Tadros, Fouad Abdelmeguid el-Kheir, Youssef Abbas, Youssef Abouaouf, Abdelrahman Ismail, Wahid Saleh, Hussein Montasser, Mohammed Soliman, Medhat Youssef, Mohammed Ali el-Rashidi, Mahmud Bahgat (Coach: Carmine "Nello" Paratore)

1952 Olympic Games: finished 9th among 23 teams

Gabriel "Gaby" Catafago, Albert Tadros, Abdelrahman Ismail, George Jean Chalhoub, Youssef Abouaouf, Fouad Abdelmeguid el-Kheir, Hussein Montasser, Medhat Youssef, Zaki Harari, Youssef Abbas, Mohammed Ali el-Rashidi, Mahmud Bahgat, Raymond Fehmi Saboungi, Sami Mansour

1953 EuroBasket: finished 8th among 17 teams

Gabriel "Gaby" Catafago, George Jean Chalhoub, Abdelrahman Ismail, Raymond Fehmi Saboungi, Youssef Abouaouf, Youssef Abbas, Ahmed Rashad, Hussein Montasser, Magdi Rizkallah, Ibrahim Zouzi Selim, Mahmud Bahgat, Medhat Youssef, Sami Mansour, Taha el-Barnawi (Coach: Habib Mohamed)

As United Arab Republic

1959 World Championship: finished 11th among 13 teams

George Jean Chalhoub, Raymond Fehmi Saboungi, Joseph Zacar, Fouad Hadidi, Hanafi Abutaleb, Antoine Musillia, Ahmed Sadek, Nabil Abdo, Sami Chilbaya, Adel Sabri, Hilmi Ibrahim, Eli Aramen (Coach: J.Filkud)

1970 World Championship: finished 13th among 13 teams

Mahmud Zaki, Cherif Kheir, Mohamed Gomaa, Adel Sharaf, Adel Abdel Fatah, Taha el-Chanab, Ismail Mohamed Aly Selim, Taher el-Badawi, El-Sayed Mubarak, Mohamed Kemal, Ahmed Abdelhamid el-Saharti, Mustafa el-Sayed (Coach: Mahmud Abdul Kheir)

As Egypt

1972 Olympic Games: finished 16th among 16 teams

Awad Abdelnabi, Ahmed Aboulkheir, Mohamed Khaled, Ismail Mohamed Aly Selim, Mohamed Kemal, El-Sayed Tewfik, Mohamed Talaat, Ismail Adel Ibrahim, Fathi Kamel, Ahmed Abdelhamid el-Saharti, Ahmed Mubarak Abdelhamid (Coach: Carmine "Nello" Paratore)

1976 Olympic Games: finished 12th among 12 teams

Awad Abdelnabi, Mohamed Essam Khaled, Ismail Mohamed Aly Selim, Mohamed Khaled el-Said, Fathi Kamel, Medhat Warda, Osman Farid, Mohamed Hanafi el-Gohari, Hamdi el-Seoudi, Ahmed Abdelhamid el-Saharti, Sayed Aboul Dahab, Mohamed Osman (Coach: Ahmed Fouad Aboulkheir)

1984 Olympic Games: finished 12th among 12 teams

Alain-Pierre Attallah, Medhat Warda, Mohamed Essam Khaled, Tarek el-Sabbagh, Ahmed Marei, Essameldin Aboulenein, Abdelkader Rabieh, Amin Shouman, Abdelhadi Ahmed el-Gazzar, Mohamed Sayed Soliman, Amir Abdelmaguid, Khaled Bekhit (Coach: Ahmed Fouad Aboulkheir)

1988 Olympic Games: finished 12th among 12 teams

Alain-Pierre Attallah, Ahmed Soliman, Hani Moussa, Amir Abou el-Kheir, El-Sayed Mohamed, Alaa el-Din Abdoun, Ashraf Mahmoud, Mohamed Ismail, Hesham Khalil, Mohamed el-Shakeri, Ashraf Mohamed el-Kordy, Emad el-Kin el-Sayed (Coach: Adel Sabri)

1990 World Championship: finished 16th among 16 teams

Alain-Pierre Attallah, Mohamed Soliman, Sherif Nabil el-Sanadily, Fathi Abdel-Aziz, Mahmoud Abdel-Latif, Ashraf Mahmoud, Emad Mahmoud Aly, Hesham Shaban, Ashraf Mohamed el-Kordy, Ahmed Abou el-Fetouh, Mohamed Abdel Moteleb, Amir Abou el-Kheir (Coach: Cal Luther)

1994 World Championship: finished 14th among 16 teams


  1. ^ FIBA National Federations – Egypt,, accessed 24 February 2012.
  2. ^ Head coaches,, accessed 8 May 2013.

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