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Samuel Nduku
Samuel Nduku (Fecabasket)
22/04/2013
CMR - Chairman re-elected with an eye on improvement

YAOUNDE - Samuel Nduku has been re-elected chairman of Cameroon Basketball Federation (FECABASKET) as he obtained 46 of the 56 votes during the elections held on 18 March.

During Nduku's first term, Cameroon's men's national team finished fourth at the 2009 Afrobasket before coming in seventh two years ago.

Meanwhile, the women's team improved from a seventh-place finish at the 2009 women's continental championship to coming in sixth at the 2011 Afrobasket in Mali.

With a new term ahead and continental challenges expected this summer, Nduku outlined the objectives for his country's senior national teams.

In an interview with FIBA.com, Nduku said: "We are aiming to develop the game in the country as well as the grassroots because we have a lot of talented players in the country.

"Cameroon have been drawn in the Ivory Coast 2013 Afrobasket (in) Group D along Nigeria, Cameroon and Republic of Congo.

"The FIBA Basketball World Cup (to be held in Spain in 2014) is definitely one of our objectives," he added.

"We already have a plan in place. Our men's team is having a training camp in China between July and August, before we travel to Abidjan.

"I have recently spoken to Luc Mbah a Moute, and he is very motivated to join the team."

However, FECABASKET is yet to decide the coaching position of the men's team: "We are talking to both Michel Perrin and Lazare Adingono, and we are also in contact with the Ministry of Sports to have a say because of the terms of the contracts.

"We are currently working on insurance for our professional players.

"Our women's team will play a tournament in the Francophone Games, and have a training camp in Strasbourg, France, before they travel to Maputo (site of the 2013 Afrobasket for women).

"The women team's objective is to improve the classification from the previous Afrobasket," Nduku explained.

Workshop for officials

As FECABASKET heads into a new four-year term, the organisation hosted a workshop for referees, basketball officials and coaches.

The three-day event took place from 12-14 April at the University of Douala and focused on refreshing and updating new methods of basketball.

According to FECABASKET, almost 50 technical officials and coaches participated in the event, coordinated by FIBA instructors.

A statement from FECABASKET said the event aimed "to ensure better training so that the Cameroonian basketball is at the height of the African level.

"The objective in the short term is to have well-trained personnel for our regional and national competitions.

"It comes to raise the level of national basketball to allow our young people to be present on the African scene, both at club level and at the level of the national team," the document reads.

FIBA

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