Cameroon basketball’s Gbetkom: “It’s our role to prove to the world that we have sufficient talent in our team”
YAOUNDE (Cameroon) – Throughout his life, Samir Gbetkom had craved for a chance to match up for Cameroon.
Publishing up remarkable figures and remaining in great shape he imagined could perhaps make this childhood dream pertained to fruition.
But when a call from the country’s basketball federation (Fecabasket) finally was available in, the 22-year-old remained in shock.
” When the call initially came, I believed it was a trick. It’s something I had been thinking of however I was so overjoyed that it was hard to believe this was occurring.”
” Playing for Cameroon and linking with some gamers that I already understood was just really amazing but doing so in front of my household and home crowd is just a true blessing.”
” I signed up with the Cameroon team extremely young but with the experience I had playing in the French top-tier and 2nd tier leagues, handling the pressure and dealing with the enjoyment wasn’t a concern.”
Gbetkom’s call of task came as Cameroon tailored up for the first window of the FIBA AfroBasket 2021 qualifiers last February in Yaoundé.
The” Indomitable Lions” as the Cameroon team is christened were up against Equatorial Guinea, Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire in Group C.
Cameroon’s very first trip was a 90-58 bashing of a decreased Equatorial Guinea group with Gbetkom posting 10 points and three helps, showing great accuracy in the arc as he sunk all 3 efforts.
The Douala native preserved the steam contributing six points, a rebound and two assists as the host travelled previous Guinea 90-59. However an 82-74 loss to rivals Cote d’Ivoire highlighted Cameroon’s frailties.
” Guinea and Equatorial Guinea both have terrific teams with some great gamers. They had a few concerns with their gamers however still showed excellent resilience versus us.”
” I understand that playing versus Cote d’Ivoire recently based upon the history is something special. I believe we didn’t handle the pressure quite well and began the video game improperly,” he discussed.
Gbetkom is emphatic the defeat to Cote d’Ivoire featured lessons that might help Cameroon change video games and worm their way to a tenth FIBA AfroBasket presence next year in Kigali.
The former Gries-Oberhoffen guard who played football and practiced judo in addition to boxing as a kid thinks the “Lions” have to reshuffle their defensive setup.
” Defensively we need to do better. We need to be aggressive and make our challengers feel extremely unpleasant from tip-off.”
” Versus teams as good as Cote d’Ivoire who are blessed with extremely precise shooters, we need to shut them down and make play as challenging as possible for them.”
” Offensively we’ve revealed what we can do. If we can match our offense with our defence then we can get a fresh start in the next window.”
” It’s our function to show to the world that we have adequate talent in our team which we can beat even the best sides. Another FIBA AfroBasket ticket will be great not just for the team but for the growth of the video game in the nation,” he included.
The 1.91 m (6ft3in) who just recently joined Vichy Clermont in the French second league (Pro B) is upbeat there’s so much quality within the Cameroon group that the side can stun other continental heavyweights.
” We have some excellent gamers. You take a look at every sector and there are men who can work their socks off for wins. There are players on the roster who can press you to play at your best level and there’s a good mindset among the gamers,” he concluded.