MIES (Switzerland) – Mathieu Faye, MVP of FIBA AfroBasket 1980 and double winner of the event with Senegal, is inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame.
Faye (Senegal) is entered in the 2021 class, alongside legendary players Hana Horakova (Czech Republic), Panagiotis Giannakis (Greece), Stanislav Kropilak (Slovakia), Oscar Moglia (Uruguay – posthumously), Detlef Schrempf (Germany) , Penka Stoyanova (Bulgaria – posthumously), Sergey Tarakanov (Russia) and Haixia Zheng (China) and the great coaches Chuck Daly (USA – posthumously), Tom Maher (Australia) and Ettore Messina (Italy).
Faye was a fluid player and a great teammate
When you think of the long and rich history of Senegalese basketball, Mathieu Faye’s name always comes to mind.
Assiduous guardian of Dakar, Faye ensured that his name would never be forgotten as he was a leading player in the Lions teams which won the FIBA AfroBaskets in 1978 and 1980.
Faye was so good in the second of those triumphs that he was named MVP of the tournament.
Senegalese star Faye has received numerous accolades in her famous career
That year was very special as Faye, for the first and only time in her career, also played in the Olympics. He was the third top scorer for the Senegal team that participated in the Moscow Games.
He launched his career in his early teens with Jeanne d’Arc Dakar, his club from 1972 to 1982, winning two Senegalese League titles, a Senegal Cup, a few Saint Michel Cups and the Senegalese Ministry Cup. It was during this long career as a Joan of Arc player that he also became a crucial player for the national team, winning his first AfroBasket in 1978, which was the same year he also participated in the FIBA World Cup
He then moved to France to compete for the next seasons.
Faye’s trip to France saw him play for a powerful Limoges side in his first season
Faye has adapted for four clubs in France and his tenure in the country has started off well. In an excellent Limoges team, during the 1982-1983 campaign, he celebrated a hat-trick in the Coupe de France, Ligue de France and Coupe de Korac.
This year got even better when Faye traveled to Alexandria, Egypt for the 1983 FIBA AfroBasket and achieved another podium, this time third.
Faye (far right) was a member of the legendary Limoges team that won three times in 1983
In remarks to the Senegalese News Agency, Faye described her Hall of Fame selection as “a sense of pride, honor and pleasure.”
He also paid tribute to his coaches, especially those back to Senegal, and to his former teammates who brought him to so many heights in the sport.
“It is also a reward for all the people who were with us to win these titles, in particular our coaches, Mamadou Sow, Alioune Diop and Busnel Diagne, my teammates too, Oumar Dia Adidas 1, Joseph Lopez, Aimé Toupane and all this generation of Joan of Arc basketball players, ”he said.
|Last name||Mathieu FAYE|
|Inductee Category||Player (Goalkeeper)|
|Date of Birth||July 24, 1958|
|Place of birth||Dakar, Senegal|
|Height||1.92 m – 6 ft 4 in|
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