"What an incredible decade for African basketball, and as a result of that, the FIBA Africa editorial team chose the 'top ten' of players who stood out in the last ten years," says a statement from the federation to which VerAngola had access.
Without a particular order, that is, without "seats", the players were chosen taking into account their performance in the clubs they represented and in the national teams of their countries.
The ten players were chosen from a list of 55 names. The top ten has two Angolan names: Carlos Morais and Eduardo Mingas.
Petro de Luanda's baseman, Carlos Morais, was recently highlighted when he reached the final of the 'sinking' contest of the decade, where he took second place.
Regarding the Angolan, FIBA says that "it is not possible to talk about Angolan basketball in recent years without mentioning Morais". Considered the MVP of AfroBasket 2013 and part of the five ideal in three editions of the competition, the 34-year-old and 1.92 meter winger is considered to be fundamental for the 'Palancas Negras' in the last decade.
The other Angolan name on the list is Eduardo Mingas. Described as "a pole with a warrior's heart", the fact that he was four times African champion with the national team stands out. With 41 years and 1.99 meters, the Angolan was considered MVP of the African Champion Clubs' Cup in 2014, after having helped Recreativo do Libolo win his first continental trophy. Recently, and now 40, Eduardo Mingas led the 1st of August to the conquest of the African Basketball League, where he was considered the MVP of the tournament.
The other players that make up the 'top ten' are: Souleyman Diabate, from Cote d'Ivoire; Al Farouq Aminu, from Nigeria; Ike Diogu, also from Nigeria; Salah Mejri, from Tunisia; Abdelali Lahrichi, from Morocco; Chamberlain Oguchi, from Nigeria; Gorgui Dieng, from Senegal and Makram Ben Romdhane, from Tunisia.
Honorable mentions were also given, including the name of the Angolan Armando Costa. The base is described as "an experienced game organizer" who supported the 1st of August in winning the African Champion Clubs' Cups.