20 November, 2017
26 February, 2019
Ulrich Gabin Isidore Marida (CAF)
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Central African Republic to open World Cup Qualifiers with 14 players

BANGUI (FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 African Qualifiers) - The Central African Republic (CAF) selected 14 home-based players to start their preparations for next month's FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 African Qualifiers in Maputo, Mozambique.

The first day of training camp, according to CAF Basketball Federation, was due to open on Monday in the capital Bangui. 

While the likes of Max Kouguere, William Kossangue and Jimmy Djimrabaye - CAF's most influential trio who ply their trades in France - are expected to join the preparations in mid-February in Sousse, Tunisia, head coach Ulrich Marida has called up a group of players led by Kenzo Kamayengue, Rodrigue Stephane Bereke, Francky Mbombo and Morel Lenguewane.

Central African Republic's 14-player preliminary squad for FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 African Qualifiers
Christopher Bissengue  Hamet Doucoure  Aime Gueret Gandao Yann Gouzy 
Rodrigue Bereke Kabylo  Kenzo Kamayengue Morel Lenguewane Francky Mbombo 
 Daruis Mingala   Jean Ghislain Nganafio Freddy Ngbonga   Pierric Ngboya
  Frederic Tanguy Samedi Jimmy Tenekouezoa    

Kamayengue, Bereke, Mbombo, and Lenguewane have proven vital to CAF during the FIBA AfroBasket 2017 Qualifiers although they missed out the Finals last September. 

From February 23-25, CAF will go up against hosts Mozambique, Cote d'Ivoire and Senegal in Maputo in the first-leg of Group D of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 African Qualifiers.