Afghanistan men's national basketball team
|FIBA ranking||165 4 (3 March 2020)|
|FIBA zone||FIBA Asia|
|National federation||National Basketball Association of Afghanistan (NBAA)|
|FIBA World Cup|
|South Asian Games|
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.
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.
yet to qualify
FIBA Asia Championship
yet to qualify
- 1970-2002 : Did not qualify
- 2006 : 13th
- 2010 : 13th
- 2014 : Did not qualify
- 2018 : To be determined
South Asian Games
- 2010 South Asian Games: Gold Medal
Head coach position
- Mamo Rafiq – 2007-now
- Afghanistan Basketball Team Youtube.com video
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