17 players with BAL experience to compete in 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup

DAKAR, SENEGAL – Seventeen players from six countries who have participated over the first three seasons of the Basketball Africa League (BAL) are featured on national team rosters for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, which will be held in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia from Friday, Aug. 25 – Sunday, Sept. 10.  Six of the 32 participating teams, including all five national teams from Africa – Angola, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Cape Verde and South Sudan – feature at least one player with BAL experience.

Eleven of the 17 players with BAL experience on national team rosters participated in the 2023 BAL season that concluded in May.  Four of the record-tying five African countries in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 have had their domestic league’s national champion participate over the first three seasons of the BAL (Angola, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt and South Sudan).

New this year, the NBA App and NBA.com will carry FIBA’s digital platform, “Courtside 1891,” allowing fans in 20 countries and territories, including Angola, Cape Verde and Cote D’Ivoire, to purchase the FIBA World Cup Pass and watch the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.  Beginning with the opening games on Aug. 25 and continuing through the Final on Sept. 10, Courtside 1891’s FIBA World Cup Pass will offer fans access to live and on-demand games, extended highlights and top plays.  Courtside 1891’s FIBA World Cup Pass is available for purchase at NBA.com/WorldCup, and the complete game schedule is available at NBA.com/FIBA.  For the complete FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 broadcast information, visit https://www.fiba.basketball/basketballworldcup/2023/games.

Additional BAL, NBA Academy Africa and Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Africa stats and storylines for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 include:

• 2023 BAL Most Valuable Player (MVP) Anunwa “Nuni” Omot led Al Ahly (Egypt) to the 2023 BAL Championship after helping his native South Sudan qualify for the country’s first-ever appearance in the FIBA Basketball World Cup.  During the 2023 BAL season, Omot recorded per game averages of 18.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists.  He led South Sudan in scoring during the Qualifiers, averaging 15.1 points per game.

• South Sudan’s Khaman Maluach, a 7-3 center from NBA Academy Africa, is just the third-ever 16-year-old to make a FIBA World Cup senior national team roster.  Maluach became the youngest player to participate in the BAL when he played for Cobra Sport in 2022 as part of the BAL Elevate program, before returning to the league in 2023 and helping AS Douanes (Senegal) advance to the BAL Finals. Maluach is the first current NBA Academy student-athlete to compete in the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

• Côte d’Ivoire’s Souleyaman Diabate, who is making his third World Cup appearance, is one of two players to be a two-time BAL champion.  Diabate won the inaugural BAL Finals in 2021 with Zamalek (Egypt) and the 2022 BAL Finals with US Monastir (Tunisia).

• Angola’s Childe Dundao, Gerson Domingos and Gerson Goncalves have appeared in all three BAL seasons as members of Angolan national champion Petro de Luanda.  Dundao was named to the 2023 BAL All-Defensive team for the second consecutive year.  In 2016, Dundao helped Angola win the FIBA U-18 African Championship, and during the Qualifiers, he led Angola with team-highs of 12.1 points and 3.6 assists per game while recording a tournament best 3.3 steals per game.  Domingos, who made his World Cup debut in 2019, is a former BWB Africa camper and won the 2014 FIBA U-18 African Championship MVP.

• Egypt’s Ehab Amin, one of the most accomplished players in the history of Egyptian basketball, helped Al Ahly to win the 2023 BAL Finals with per game averages of 12.7 points and 3.9 assists.  Amin averaged 14.5 points per game during the Qualifiers.  He previously led Egypt to wins at the FIBA U-16 and U-18 African Championships in 2011 and 2012, respectively, and was named MVP of both tournaments.

• Egypt’s Anas Osama Mahmoud won the 2021 BAL Finals with Zamalek and was also named the 2021 BAL Dikembe Mutombo Defensive Player of the Year.  Mahmoud averaged 9.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game during the Qualifiers.

• Cape Verde’s Joel Almeida and Anderson Correia, both of whom played in the 2022 BAL season, led Cape Verde to its first World Cup appearance.  Almeida reached the semifinals of the 2022 BAL season with Forces Armées et Police Basketball (Cameroon), averaging12.6 points per game.  Correia reached the Finals with Petro de Luanda.

• Angola’s Gerson Domingos, Egypt’s Omar Tarek and South Sudan’s Khaman Maluach are the former Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Africa campers competing at the World Cup. Domingos was the camp’s MVP in 2013. Maluach was named the Kim Bohuny BWB Africa 2023 Most Valuable Player (MVP).

A total of 80 national teams across four regions – Africa, Americas, Europe and Asia (which includes Oceania) – competed in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers.

The following is a complete list of the 17 players with BAL experience on FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 rosters*: 

National Team Name BAL Experience
Angola Gerson Domingos 2021-2023 (Petro de Luanda)
Angola Childe Dundao 2021-2023 (Petro de Luanda)
Angola Gerson Lukeny Goncalves 2021-2023 (Petro de Luanda)
Angola Leonel Paulo 2021-2022 (Petro de Luanda)
Cape Verde Joel Almeida 2022 (Forces Armées et Police Basketball)
Cape Verde Anderson Correia 2022 (Petro de Luanda)
Cote d’Ivoire Souleyman Diabate 2021 (Zamalek), 2022 (US Monastir), 2023 (Petro de Luanda)
Cote d’Ivoire Mike Fofana 2023 (Abidjan Basket Club)
Egypt Amr Sherif El Gendy 2023 (Al Ahly)
Egypt Omar Hesham Hussein 2021-2022 (Zamalek)
Egypt Anas Osama Mahmoud 2021-2022 (Zamalek)
Egypt Omar Tarek Oraby 2023 (Al Ahly)
Egypt Ehab Amin 2023 (Al Ahly)
Egypt Amr Ibrahim Zahran 2023 (Al Ahly)
Lebanon Wael Arakji 2021 (US Monastir)
South Sudan Khaman Maluach 2022 (Cobra Sport via BAL Elevate) and 2023 (AS Douanes via BAL Elevate)
South Sudan Anunwa “Nuni” Omot 2023 (Al Ahly)

*As of August 24, 2023 (all rosters subject to change)

About the BAL
The Basketball Africa League (BAL), a partnership between the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the NBA, is a professional league featuring 12 club teams from across Africa that completed its third season in May 2023.  Headquartered in Dakar, Senegal, the BAL builds on the foundation of club competitions FIBA Africa has organized across the continent and marks the NBA’s first collaboration to operate a league outside North America.  Fans can follow the BAL (@theBAL) on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube and register their interest in receiving more information at BAL.NBA.com.