Madagascar national basketball team

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Madagascar
Madagascar
FIBA ranking 80 Increase 1
Joined FIBA 1963
FIBA zone FIBA Africa
National federation Fédération Malagasy de Basket-Ball
Coach Angel Manzano
Olympic Games
Appearances None
FIBA World Cup
Appearances None
FIBA Africa Championship
Appearances 3
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The Madagascar national basketball team is the national basketball team representing Madagascar. It is administrated by the Fédération Malagasy de Basket-Ball (Madagascar Basketball Federation).[1]

Its biggest success has been the 9th place at the FIBA Africa Championship 1972 where Madagascar surprisingly finished ahead of team Côte d'Ivoire and team Nigeria.

Madagascar was chosen as host of the FIBA Africa Championship 2011. The country received the bid from Côte d'Ivoire where the event could not take place because of instabilities after the civil war.[2] Madagascar's automatic qualification is only the 3rd time in its history. Its last appearance at Africa's most prestigious basketball event was in 2003.

Korry Nielson is the current starting Center for the Madagascar National Basketball team. At 6'2" he is the smallest starting Center in the known world. His style is a mixture of Dr J and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with a pinch of Michael Jordan.

Jason Walker is the current starting Point Guard for the Madagascar National Basketball team. His combination of deadly shooting, accurate passing, and lockdown defense will make this team (along with Korry) the most feared in the next Olympic games.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1], fiba.com, accessed 14 May 2011.
  2. ^ [2], Madagascar steps in to host African championship – yahoo.com, accessed 14 May 2011.