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Ivory Coast national basketball team

Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire
FIBA ranking 36 Steady
Joined FIBA 1961
FIBA zone FIBA Africa
National federation Fédération Ivoirienne de Basket-Ball
Coach Natxo Lezkano
Nickname(s) Les Éléphants
(The Elephants)
Olympic Games
Appearances None
Medals None
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 3
Medals None
FIBA Africa Championship
Appearances 21
Medals Gold: 1981, 1985
Silver: 1978, 1980, 2009
Light jersey
Team colours
Dark jersey
Team colours

The Ivorian Coast national basketball team are the men's basketball side that represent Ivory Coast in international competition. The team competes regularly in the African Championship, and is administered by the Fédération Ivoirienne de Basket-Ball.[1]


Ivory Coast reached the final of the FIBA Africa Championship for the first time in 1978, but they were defeated by Senegal in the final. They reached the final again in the following tournament, in 1980, but again had to settle for silver, as Senegal took the gold. Another run the following year, in 1981, saw Côte d'Ivoire finally break through and win their first title, as they defeated Egypt for the championship. Four years later, Côte d'Ivoire won their second championship, as they hosted the tournament in 1985, and beat Angola, to win the championship. Côte d'Ivoire finished second at the 2009 FIBA Africa Championship, for their first podium finish since their victory in 1985. They participated in the 2010 FIBA World Championship, which was their first FIBA World Cup appearance since 1986. The team went 1–4 at the tournament, finishing last in Group C. In their final group game, the Ivorians defeated Puerto Rico, for their first ever FIBA World Cup win, but they came up just short in the tiebreaker to see which team would advance to the knockout stage.


Performance at FIBA Africa Championship

Year Position Tournament Host
1962 FIBA Africa Championship 1962 Cairo, Egypt
1964 FIBA Africa Championship 1964 Casablanca, Morocco
1965 FIBA Africa Championship 1965 Tunis, Tunisia
1968 5 FIBA Africa Championship 1968 Casablanca, Morocco
1970 FIBA Africa Championship 1970 Alexandria, Egypt
1972 10 FIBA Africa Championship 1972 Dakar, Senegal
1974 FIBA Africa Championship 1974 Bangui, Central African Republic
1975 FIBA Africa Championship 1975 Alexandria, Egypt
1978 2nd FIBA Africa Championship 1978 Dakar, Senegal
1980 2nd FIBA Africa Championship 1980 Rabat, Morocco
1981 1st FIBA Africa Championship 1981 Mogadishu, Somalia
1983 4 FIBA Africa Championship 1983 Alexandria, Egypt
1985 1st FIBA Africa Championship 1985 Abidjan, Ivory Coast
1987 7 FIBA Africa Championship 1987 Tunis, Tunisia
1989 5 FIBA Africa Championship 1989 Luanda, Angola
1992 11 FIBA Africa Championship 1992 Cairo, Egypt
1993 6 FIBA Africa Championship 1993 Nairobi, Kenya
1995 7 FIBA Africa Championship 1995 Algiers, Algeria
1997 8 FIBA Africa Championship 1997 Dakar, Senegal
1999 8 FIBA Africa Championship 1999 Angola
2001 8 FIBA Africa Championship 2001 Morocco
2003 11 FIBA Africa Championship 2003 Alexandria, Egypt
2005 10 FIBA Africa Championship 2005 Algiers, Algeria
2007 8 FIBA Africa Championship 2007 Angola
2009 2nd FIBA Africa Championship 2009 Libya
2011 4 FIBA Africa Championship 2011 Antananarivo, Madagascar
2013 4 FIBA Africa Championship 2013 Ivory Coast
2015 TBD FIBA Africa Championship 2015 Tunisia

Performance at FIBA World Cup

Year Position Tournament Host
1982 13 1982 FIBA World Championship Colombia
1986 23 1986 FIBA World Championship Spain
2010 21 2010 FIBA World Championship Turkey
2019 TBD 2019 FIBA World Cup TBD

Performance at Summer Olympic Games

yet to qualify


Team for the 2013 FIBA Africa Championship.

Depth Chart

Pos. Starter Bench Bench Inactive
C Mohamed Kone Mamadou Lamizana Abdulaye Diaby
PF Jonathan Kale Ismael N'Diaye
SF Guy Edi Mamadi Diane Didier Eric Tape
SG Kinidinnin Konate Errick Craven
PG Mouloukou Diabate Mickael Toti Pape-Philippe Amagou

Head coach position


  1. ^ FIBA National Federations – Cote d'Ivoire,, accessed 27 July 2013.
  2. ^ Head coaches,, accessed 8 May 2013.

External links

  • Official website
  • FIBA Profile
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