Cameroon’s best performance at the FIBA AfroBasket was reaching the final of the 2007 edition and the current captain Christian Bayang is keen on returning to those glory days.
As a 20-year old back then, Bayang put on an incredible show scoring 37 points, picking 17 rebounds and converting 23 of 31 free-throw attempts (72.4%) in six games, a good memory to reminisce.
When Cameroon returns to the continental showpiece for the first time in four years this summer, Bayang will be anxious to better that experience and to be on the podium.
He told FIBA.com that, “Personally I would like to help my country to the maximum in this tournament and that is to make it to the top three and displaying very good games based on our strengths.”
For Bayang this will be his fifth edition having made his debut at the 2007 in Angola before going on to play in 2009, 2011 and 2013.
Back in 2007, Bayang was star struck at this FIBA AfroBasket debut,“Oh yes, it was a new experience I found myself on the same floor as the big names in basketball but the favourite moment was when we got on the podium to receive our silver medal when nobody expected us to reach this level”, he revealed.
And since then the 1.93m shooting guard has evolved into a leader and does so both on and off the field to take Cameroon back to the glory days, a fearless side a decade ago unknown to any one but with a heart of a lion.
“Already there is the experience of the competition that we acquire over time and failures but we also shall better prepare ourselves to be able to achieve our objectives.”
The draw for the FIBA AfroBasket 2017 is yet to take place but Bayang is already cautious about their opposition. He said, “Competitions are not alike so I do not know which team is the favorite to win this tournament,” the Yaounde native pointed out.
However his aware of how hard the task will be.
“I know all the teams will come with their best weapons and will not let anything go until the final whistle. In the influential teams today, there is always a mix of experienced players and young players who are ready to “discover” the competition”, he went on.
So, to achieve their dream this year, Bayang insists that the will need to have a mix of veterans and young talents.