INTERVIEW | Reem Moussa: Egypt’s first Female Basketball champion in Europe
Egypt and KP Brno’s Reem Moussa reflects on a historic achievement, after becoming the first Egyptian female Basketball player to win a European championship.
Reem Moussa helped her team KP Brno of Czech republic win the Central Europe Women’s League after beating Piestanske Cajky 65-53.
The former Al Ahly player speaks to KingFut about her exploits abroad and how her dad played an instrumental part in her career in Basketball.
“I am 23 years old. I have been playing sports all of my life. Started with swimming then gymnastics and after some track and field, then finally basketball. My dad was the reason why I started playing basketball. He is a coach of the game and a former player as well. At the beginning, I didn’t like the idea of a team sport, but slowly he helped me fall in love with it. I have a bachelor’s degree from Rice University (NCAA Division 1) in Electrical and Computer Engineering. I graduated in 2015 and also played for all four years for the university after receiving a full athletic scholarship,” said Moussa.
Reem moved to an unfamiliar country in Czech Republic but it was a familiar face that helped take her there.
“My coach, Tomas Pavelka, helped get an offer from the team I am with right now. He was Al Ahly’s head coach at the same time I was at Al Ahly.”
Moving to a country with a much different environment to Egypt, climate, living style might have been an issue for many, but not Reem who assures here decision to relocate away from home was not a ‘touch choice’.
“It was not really a tough choice for me. I have known what and where I want to be in the game of basketball and playing for a European team is just a step in the right direction to achieving my goals. I have been outside of Egypt for a while now, I left when I was 15 years old to the US,” revealed Moussa.
Reem is currently enjoying here first season at professional level, but she’s had the time to play elsewhere before her move.
“This is my first official professional year. I have played for Rice University, which is under the NCAA Division One, but like I said, I just graduated and starting my professional career this season.”
“Sports has been my life since I could remember. When I was young, I wasn’t a basketball player, but I was a gymnast and I have set the highest goals for myself. I was getting ready to play for Egypt at the Olympics as I trained in Ukraine and Romania, but I was still too young, then when I switched to basketball it was the same mindset,” she continued.
“A lot of goals and a lot of steps to reach the top and I am determined to do my best to try to reach those goals and I also knew that my back up plan would be coaching so still basketball related. I have had a lot of ups and downs, but that’s what’s so beautiful about the process and that’s what a lot of athletes don’t understand. You have to take the losses and the disappointments and whatever gets you down and convert that to rage towards getting better.
“In my opinion, the negative experiences are those that make us better and challenge us to become our better self. So being patient and believing that my hard work will pay off. In the end, it is what got me to this point and will get me to the next one.”
Reem Moussa managed to become the first female Basketball player from Egypt to win a European trophy, something which she was not aware of until it had happened.
“It is funny how a lot of people have been asking me that question. I was really really happy when I heard the news, because I had no idea that I was making history, but it is still a long way from where I want to be. I have so much more in mind and I believe that I could become even better in the long run, but I am very grateful for that achievement and I could have never done it without all the people, from family to coaches and supporters, who stood by my side and believed in me from the beginning of it all,” concluded Reem.
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