The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon will play Afrobasket 2021 without the two stars of the NBA, Pascal Siakam and Joël Embiid.
After spending several weeks in a training camp in Istanbul, the Cameroonian national basketball team has taken up residence in Kigali, Rwanda for the 2021 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations “Afrobasket” men. Basketball’s Indomitable Lions will have to do without their NBA players.
The two Cameroonian NBA stars are out of the race for the competition. And this time, the reason for their absence is health. Pascal Siakam has indeed undergone surgery on his right shoulder. The Raptors winger is unavailable for 5 months. On the side of the Philadelphia Sixers, Joël Embiid , drags a crack in the right meniscus. “It was a question of whether he is going to have an operation or whether he will undergo treatment. The Sixers have agreed to hold him back. For how long ? Nobody knows. For these reasons, it is not possible to have Siakam and Embiid at Afrobasket, “said Yves Tsala in comments relayed by sportnewsafrica.
According to the president of the Central Regional Basketball League in Cameroon, the National Federation has been in contact with the two players in recent weeks. “The team manager of the team had a lot of talk with them,” he says. Unfortunately, there were these injuries which spoil any hope of finally having them ”.
During this competition, which will be played from August 24 to September 5, 2021, the Cameroonians will play the first round in Group D against Senegal, Uganda or South Sudan.