Tunisia national basketball team

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Tunisia Tunisia
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FIBA ranking 21 Increase 2
Joined FIBA 1956
FIBA zone FIBA Africa
National federation FTBB
Coach Mário Palma
Olympic Games
Appearances 1 (2012)
Medals None
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 1 (2010)
Medals None
FIBA Africa Championship
Appearances 21
Medals Gold medal africa.svg Gold: 2011
Silver medal africa.svg Silver: 1965
Bronze medal africa.svg Bronze: 1970, 1974, 2009, 2015
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Light jersey
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Team colours
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Dark jersey
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Team colours

The Tunisian national basketball team is the national basketball team of Tunisia.

The team is governed by the Tunisia Basketball Federation (FTBB). (Arabic: الجامعة التونسية لكرة السلة‎‎)

When Tunisia became the 2011 African Basketball Champion, it was the first North African country to do so in almost 30 years. To date, they have 19 appearances at the FIBA Africa Championship, ranking them behind only traditional African powers Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, and Egypt, in total appearances.


In 2011, they won their first ever FIBA Africa Championship, after beating Angola in the final. Their previous best finish was at the FIBA Africa Championship 1965, when they won the silver medal as the host country.[1] They also won a bronze medal at the FIBA Africa Championship 1970 and FIBA Africa Championship 1974.[2][3]

Although the Tunisians never finished worse than eighth in any of their succeeding appearances, they were not able to break onto the podium again until a surprise bronze medal run at the FIBA Africa Championship 2009. Led by All-Tournament First Team forward Amine Rzig,[4] the Tunisians went 4–2 in the preliminary rounds, winning three games by two points or less. They reached the semifinals for only the second time since 1974, by another slim margin – this time a one-point victory over Mali. Although they were defeated by Angola in the semifinals, the Tunisians topped Cameroon in the bronze medal game, to claim Africa's third and final automatic berth in the 2010 FIBA World Championship – its first ever FIBA World Cup berth. The Tunisians struggled to compete in the World Championship, losing all five of their games, and finishing last in Group B, and 24th overall. Yet, after almost forty years of mediocrity in Africa, Tunisia has become one of the continent's prime competitors again. Its appearances at the global stage have become a new milestone in the team's history.

Competitive record

Summer Olympics

Year Position Tournament Host
2012 11th 2012 Summer Olympics London, United Kingdom
2016 To be determined 2016 Summer Olympics Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

World Championship

Year Position Tournament Host
2010 24th 2010 FIBA World Championship Turkey
2019 To be determined 2019 FIBA World Championship China

FIBA Africa Championship

FIBA Africa Championship
Appearances : 20
Year Position Year Position Year Position
Egypt 1962 Did not participate Tunisia 1987 5th place Ivory Coast 2013 9th place
Morocco 1964 4th place Angola 1989 8th place Tunisia 2015 Third Place
Tunisia 1965 Runners-up Egypt 1992 7th place Republic of the Congo 2017 To be determined
Morocco 1968 Did not participate Kenya 1993 8th place
Egypt 1970 Third place Algeria 1995 Did not participate
Senegal 1972 5th place Senegal 1997
Central African Republic 1974 Third place Angola 1999 5th place
Egypt 1975 5th place Morocco 2001 4th place
Senegal 1978 Did not participate Egypt 2003 6th place
Morocco 1980 Algeria 2005 8th place
Somalia 1981 6th place Angola 2007 6th place
Egypt 1983 Did not participate Libya 2009 Third place
Ivory Coast 1985 8th place Madagascar 2011 Champions
  • Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.


Salah Mejri is the country's most recognized player

This is the 2015 FIBA Africa Championship roster.

Tunisia men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – Date of birth Ht. Club Ctr.
G 4 Abada, Omar 22 – (1993-04-20)20 April 1993 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) Étoile Sportive de Radès Tunisia
C 5 Abbassi, Mohamed 29 – (1986-04-22)22 April 1986 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) Étoile Sportive de Radès Tunisia
G 6 Knioua, Nizar 32 – (1983-06-08)8 June 1983 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) Stade Nabeulien Tunisia
G 7 El Mabrouk, Mourad 28 – (1986-10-19)19 October 1986 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Club Africain Tunisia
PG 8 Sayeh, Mehdi 24 – (1990-09-04)4 September 1990 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) Etoile Sportive Du Sahel Tunisia
F 9 Hdidane, Mohamed 29 – (1986-04-27)27 April 1986 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Stade Nabeulien Tunisia
SG 10 Roll, Michael 27 – (1987-10-12)12 October 1987 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Tüyap Büyükçekmece B.K. Turkey
C 11 Ghyaza, Mokhtar 28 – (1986-11-15)15 November 1986 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) Étoile Sportive de Radès Tunisia
C 12 Ben Romdhane, Makrem 26 – (1989-03-27)27 March 1989 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Etoile Sportive Du Sahel Tunisia
F 13 Rzig, Amine 34 – (1980-08-25)25 August 1980 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Al Ahly SC Egypt
PF 14 Braa, Hamdi 28 – (1986-09-07)7 September 1986 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Etoile Sportive Du Sahel Tunisia
C 15 Mejri, Salah 29 – (1986-06-15)15 June 1986 2.17 m (7 ft 1 in) Dallas Mavericks United States
Head coach
Assistant coaches

  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 20 August 2015

Depth chart

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Salah Mejri Mokhtar Ghayaza Mohamed Abbassi
PF Makram Ben Romdhane Amine Rzig Hamdi Braa
SF Mohamed Hadidane Nizar Knioua
SG Mourad El Mabrouk
PG Michael Roll Omar Abada Mehdi Sayeh

All Time Head coaches

Period Head Coach
1957–1959 Tunisia Hammadi Driss
1960–1961 United States Griffith
1961–1962 Tunisia Borhane Errais
1962–1963 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Miodrag Stefanović
1963–1965 Tunisia Borhane Errais
1965–1966 Poland Valensky
1966–1967 United States Faherty
1967–1968 Poland Katarinsky
1968–1971 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Igor Tocigl
1971 Czechoslovakia Václav Krása
1971–1972 United States Bill Sweek
1972–1978 Tunisia Mohamed Senoussi
1978–1979 Tunisia Khaled Senoussi
1979–1981 Tunisia Mohamed Senoussi
1981 Tunisia Khaled Senoussi
Period Head Coach
1982–1983 Tunisia Mohamed Zaouali
1983–1987 Soviet Union Youri Velligoura
1988–1990 Tunisia Ridha Laabidi
1990–1991 Tunisia Mohamed Senoussi
1991–1992 Tunisia Khaled Senoussi
1992–1994 Tunisia Mohamed Zaouali
1994–1996 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Igor Tocigl
1997–1998 Spain Juan Manuel Monsalve
1998–1999 Tunisia Mustapha Bouchenak
1999–2000 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zoran Zupecevic
2000–2001 France Francis Jordane &
Tunisia Mounir Ben Sliman
2001–2002 Tunisia Adel Tlatli
2002–2003 Serbia and Montenegro Marijan Novovic
2004 Tunisia Walid Gharbi
Period Head Coach
2004–2016 Tunisia Adel Tlatli
2016–Present Portugal Mário Palma



2015: Nike [5]

2015: Ooredoo, SEAT [5]

See also

External links

  • Official website of the Tunisia Basketball Federation
  • FIBA Profile
  • Tunisia Basketball Records at FIBA Archive
  • Afrobasket – Tunisia Men National Team


  • Olympic Basketball Tournament - Team Tunisia Youtube.com video


  1. ^ 1965 African Championship at FIBA archive
  2. ^ 1970 African Championship at FIBA Archive
  3. ^ 1974 African Championship at FIBA.com
  4. ^ LBA – Gomes Leads All-Star Team
  5. ^ a b 2015 FIBA Africa Championship - Tunisia, FIBA.com, Retrieved 27 January 2016.
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