Roy Rana is Egypt’s new coach – FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Africa Zone Qualifiers
CAIRO (Egypt) – Canadian tactician Roy Rana has been named Egypt’s new head coach ahead of the second window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 African Qualifiers which runs from February 25-27.
The 53-year-old has also been on the coaching staff of the Utah Jazz, San Antonio Spurs and Atlanta Hawks and the Sacramento Kings, was tasked with leading the Pharaohs to the world’s greatest basketball showpiece after the North Africans narrowly missed the game. the 2019 edition in China.
Volunteer Rana will replace Egyptian Ahmed Marei who resigned in October to focus entirely on his Alexandria-based club Al Ittihad.
Rana is not new to Egypt. In 2017, he made history when he inspired Canada to their first-ever FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup trophy after stunning the defending seven-time record-breaking champions (at the time) and American rivals in a tense semi-final that ended in 99. -87 before beating Italy in the final to leave a clean mark in the Egyptian capital of Cairo.
Welcome to our new head coach @Roy_Rana 📝
🗣️ “Let’s go back to the World Cup and celebrate the greatness of the Egyptian national team”. pic.twitter.com/5F3FQoFOFl
— Egyptian Basketball Federation (@EBBFED) January 2, 2022
His return to the land of the pharaohs should spark a spark as he tries to reignite the fortunes of a team that has great potential but underperformed immensely at FIBA AfroBasket 2021 in Kigali, Rwanda, where they have were stunned by Guinea in the round of 16. 16.
Sudanese-Canadian Abu-Haef Kigab talks to Rana during a game
Egypt are in Group D alongside Senegal, Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya and will need to at least finish among the top three teams after two windows if they are to have any chance of advancing to the final qualifying round. who will see the best. five teams represent Africa at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 in Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines.
The Toronto native brings immense experience, particularly at the junior level after making a name for himself at the Nike Hoop Summit where he is considered the oldest and most successful World Team coach with at least 20 de its former players who went to the NBA including the old league. MVP Nikola Jokic.
Egypt, former African champions, finished 11th in the FIBA AfroBasket 2021 which features 16 nations
Rana guided the Canadian U16 team to the bronze medal at the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and the FIBA U17 World Cup the following year. In 2012, he led the Canadian team to another bronze medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
Four years later there was an improvement as he led the latter team to silver in the same event, qualifying them for the FIBA U19 World Cup in Egypt which Canada won.