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Basketball: Juan Antonio Orenga appointed as Egypt head coach

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Posted on April 25, 2016

 

Juan Antonio Orenga Egypt Basketball

Photo: EFE

The Egyptian Basketball Federation has announced that Juan Antonio Orenga will become head coach of the Egyptian national team, replacing Egyptian coach Ahmed Marei

Abdulla Shalaby, executive director of the Federation of Basketball confirmed that the Federation’s administration sent a letter to the officials in the Ministry of Sports to notify them of the Board’s decision to hire Antonio as head coach.

Juan Antonio Orenga is a retired Spanish professional basketball player and  has been a coach since 2012. During his playing career, Orenga played for notable teams like Real Madrid, whom he won the Spanish League championship with.

The Spaniard played 128 games for the Spanish national team. He also played during the 1994 and 1998 World Championships.

In 2012 Orenga was named head coach of the Spanish national team, but resigned in 2014 after losing to France at the quarter-final stage of the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Orenga is expected to start on the first of July, after Egypt’s contract with comes to an end.

Egypt will be taking a step forward in the world of basketball, as evidenced by the successful bid for the hosting of the 2017 FIBA U-19 World Cup.

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