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May 26, 2023


Mamadou Gueye has been named the 2023 Basketball Africa League (BAL) Coach of the Year.

The BAL announced the award before the start of the Third-Place Game on Friday.

The 44-year-old has led AS Douanes to the 2023 BAL Final.

AS Douanes started the season with a 0-2 mark, but in a turn of events, they won the remaining three games of the Sahara Conference.

The Senegalese champions beat reigning champions US Monastir (76-60) on the last day of the Conference to finish with a 3-2 record and qualify for the Playoffs.

KIGALI, RWANDA - MAY 24: Jean Jacques Boissy #5 of AS Douanes celebrates against the Petro de Luanda on May 24, 2023 at BK Arena in Kigali, Rwanda. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2023 NBAE (Photo by Armand Lenoir/NBAE via Getty Images)

Gueye’s team continued their sensational campaign with a Semi-Finals 92-86 win against title contender Petro de Luanda on Wednesday.

Gueye’s AS Douanes are currently on a five-game winning streak.

AS Douanes will face Al Ahly in the 2023 BAL Final on Saturday, May 27.

Gueye holds an overall win-loss record of 6-5 dating back to the BAL inaugural season when they finished 1-3.

Gueye becomes the second to win the award since it was introduced last year.

KIGALI, RWANDA - MAY 17: Head coach Mamadou Gueye of the A.S. Douanes talks with his team prior to the start of a game against the G.S. Pétroliers at Kigali Arena on May 17, 2021 in Kigali, Rwanda. (Photo by Nicole Sweet/BAL/Basketball Africa League via Getty Images)

Petro de Luanda’s Jose Neto won the 2022 Coach of the Year award.

Criteria for the Coach of the Year award - according to the BAL - a coach must have:

  • Developed a mutually respectful relationship with league, game officials, media, opponents and fans;
  • Had the best results based on the resources at their disposal.
  • The nomination process is decided by head coaches, and two assistant coaches; A coach cannot select a member of his/her team.