Jean Claude Ntep: “My objective is to bring Cameroon to a better ranking than that she obtained during the last afrobasket…”

As part of the preparation of Fiba Africa men afro basket 2017, Cameroon’s national basketball team, Camerounsports approached the coach of the lions to learn more.

Cameroon sport: good evening coach J.C.

Coach: good evening

Cameroon sport: we thank you for entrusting you to Cameroon sport as part of the preparation of the national team for 2017 FIba championship.

Coach: (laughs) the pleasure is mine

Cameroon sport: thanks

Cameroon Sport: We congratulate you on your promotion as the head of the national team and we would like to ask you how you feel in this new function.

Coach: (laughs) I was pleased and honoured that I was given such a heavy task to bring the national team to a very honourable performance. So that can only be positive and I’m happy.

Cameroon Sport: Some time ago you started the preparation of the national team and

Hitherto, what has to be done?

Coach: preparation is normal. We have a few players who have come in from outside and a few local players we want to perfect and bring, but we’re still waiting for the numbers to be completed.

Cameroon sport: Has your expectations been fulfilled so far or are there still things to adjust?

Coach: I was even a little surprised but the expectations are very positive and are what I expected. I was hoping that the guys would not be completely physically and tactically unsuccessful, but they did quite well and we hope to continue that momentum.

Cameroon sport: how do you organize your training sessions?

Coach: we work for 2 hours in the morning and for 2 hours in the evening, so 2 times a day. In the morning we put a lot of emphasis on muscular reinforcements and individual offensive fundamentals and in the evening we do a collective training.

Cameroon sport: do you have an idea of ​​your opponents of CAN?

Coach: yes we are in the group of Rwanda, Tunisia and Guinea.

Cameroon sport: can you say more?

Coach: we saw Tunisia playing in a friendly match, we already know it, we know how it plays, they have big players who move quite badly and they have a game rather soft as it seems; so we know how they will move but they are very clever too. The Rwandans are rather very yew and then they also have internationals who come to reinforce. Guinea has a style of play a bit like ours, a little more solid. So we hope to create changes in address and speed.

Cameroon sport: As the coach of this team, do you have a main objective to achieve?

Coach: yes my first objective is to get Cameroon out of the ranking that it got at the last competition and I remain optimistic to reach the last square of the competition.

Cameroon sport: we know that in a few hours you will fly to Sao Polo for friendly matches and we would like to know what motivated that choice.

Coach: I cannot tell you exactly what motivated the choice of Brazil, only the executives of the FECABASKET know what it is. But I think that this is part of a convention between the two countries in the sense that Brazil would like to lend a helping hand to the national teams of Cameroon. It happened in volleyball, handball and now its basketball to benefit. I think it was in that context that selection made that choice.

Cameroon sport: Given your departure, what logistical arrangements have been made available to you so far in Cameroon and Brazil?

Coach: we know that we will be taken care of in Brazil, but there we are supported by FECABASKET and the Ministry of Sports. We lodged in a hotel, we have water, transport and palais des sports  to train so far. So we have not had any major difficulties yet. And I hope it goes on like that.

Cameroon sport: you said that your objective was to bring Cameroon to a better ranking. How do you plan to do that?

Coach: Everything is done in preparation and we have to have our tentative workforce. If we have it I think we can achieve our goals. So the players have to be there. We were told they are on the way so we keep waiting for them.

Cameroon sport: thank you coach for answering our questions

Coach: the pleasure was mine


Par: Patrick Hangue


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