Afghanistan national basketball team

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Afghanistan Afghanistan
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FIBA ranking T-94 Steady[1]
Joined FIBA 1968
FIBA zone FIBA Asia
National federation National Basketball Association of Afghanistan (NBAA)
Coach Mamo Rafiq
Olympic Games
Appearances None
FIBA World Cup
Appearances None
Asian Championship
Appearances None
South Asian Games
Appearances 1
Medals Gold medal with cup.svg Gold: 2010
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The Afghanistan national basketball team is the basketball side that represents Afghanistan in international competitions.[2][3][4][5]

The gold medal at the 2010 South Asian Games was the first ever gold medal of any Afghan sports team in the history of the country.[6]

History[edit]

Basketball was first played in Afghanistan in 1936. In 1966, the Afghanistan National Olympic Committee (ANOC) founded the first national basketball team after receiving challenges from India and Pakistan. Tom Gouttierre, an American Peace Corps volunteer and coach of the team at Habibia High School, became the first coach. Using detailed, confidential instructions from John Wooden, the Afghan team became the only other to run the famous UCLA zone press.[7]

Although the international games were canceled, in 1969 Gouttierre returned on a Fulbright Fellowship and again became the Habibia coach, and in 1970 Bill Bradley of the New York Knicks tutored the team while visiting the country. That year China challenged the ANOC. Because of the lack of preparation time, Gouttierre decided that current and former Habibia players were the best choice for a second Afghan national team. Using the zone press, it defeated a much larger Chinese team in Parwan Province in the Afghan team's first international victory.[7]

Current roster[edit]

Afghanistan National Basketball Team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – Date of birth Ht. Club Ctr.
PG 3 Gholami, Akbar 21 – (1996-01-11)January 11, 1996 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Afghanistan
G 9 Kader, Yama 29 – (1987-12-08)December 8, 1987 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Afghanistan
F 5 Mashriqi, Nafi 32 – (1979-06-03)June 3, 1979 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Afghanistan
F 6 Haider, Qais 23 – (1987-10-16)October 16, 1987 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Afghanistan
PG 7 Tahiry, Masseh 22 – (1989-10-28)October 28, 1989 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Afghanistan
F 8 Ansary, Sayed 22 – (1989-12-16)December 16, 1989 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Afghanistan
PF 9 Kabir, Habib 24 – (1987-05-25)May 25, 1987 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) Afghanistan
G 10 Karimi, Abdullah 28 – (1982-12-23)December 23, 1982 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Afghanistan
G 11 Arefi, Haroun 24 – (1987-11-10)November 10, 1987 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Afghanistan
G 12 Noorzad, Ali 25 – (1985-10-25)October 25, 1985 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Afghanistan
G 13 Mojaddidi, Safi 25 – (1987-02-03)February 3, 1987 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Afghanistan
PG 14 Soratgar, Mohammad 20 – (1991-06-21)June 21, 1991 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Afghanistan
F 15 Amiri, Sayad 23 – (1988-01-29)January 29, 1988 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Afghanistan
Head coach
Assistant coach
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • nat field describes country

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench
C Nafi Mashriqi Habib Kabir
PF Haroun Arefi Arian Razaq
SF Ethan Hadwick Qais Haider
SG Ali Noorzad Abdullah Karimi
PG Safi Mojaddidi

Competitive record[edit]

Summer Olympics[edit]

yet to qualify

World championships[edit]

yet to qualify

FIBA Asia Championship[edit]

yet to qualify

Asian Games[edit]

  • 1970-2002 : Did not qualify
  • 2006 : 13th
  • 2010 : 13th
  • 2014 : Did not qualify
  • 2018 : To be determined

South Asian Games[edit]

  • 1995-2004 : Did not participate
  • 2010 : 1st Gold medal with cup.svg
  • 2018 : To be determined

Head coach position[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Videos[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking for Men". Fiba.Com. 3 October 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "FIBA National Federations – Afghanistan". Fiba.com. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Keeping Afghan Men's basketball Alive is a Scramble". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-18. (Subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ "Afghan national team making basketball inroads". Usatoday.Com. 2010-11-12. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  5. ^ "Afghan Men's Basketball Team Denied Chance at Olympics". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-09-18. (Subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ "Afghan Sports Federation – 2010 South Asian Games in Dhaka, Bangladesh; BREAKING NEWS: Afghanistan National Basketball Team Wins Gold". AfghanSportsFederation.org. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Ballard, Chris (2013-07-22). "The Wizard of Kabul". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on 15 February 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015.