Credit: FIBA
Credit FIBA

Turkish club Pinar Karsiyaka declared a public announcement, complaining about the calendar complications regarding FIBA National Team Windows and the domestic league.

Amath M'Baye

Amath  M'Baye
Team: Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir
Position: PF
Age: 31
Height: 206 cm
Weight: 102 kg
Birth place: France

"The national team windows, which started to be implemented in 2017, are pushing more and more all the basketball stakeholders to comply with the calendar.

The President of the French Basketball Federation, Jean-Pierre Siutat, criticized the EuroLeague last week, saying that their attitude puts the national teams in a difficult position.

Although it seems like the calendar conflict places the national teams in a tough situation, we (clubs) are the squads that have the biggest difficulty.

When you look at the current window, we will play a match in the Turkish Basketball League the day after the national team break ends. Due to the calendar, we are facing the situation of being deprived of Amath M'Baye, one of our most important players.

He received an invitation from the French National Team and we allowed him to represent the country, not standing in the way of it.

However, France will compete against Hungary away on November 29. That is just one day before the match that we will play against Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul in the Turkish Basketball League.

We, the clubs, which pursue success on behalf of the community, the management, and the sponsors, and try to manage our budgets in line with the targets, are also under the responsibility of satisfying the different countries' federations.

It should not be forgotten that we, the clubs, are trying to reach our own goals. Clubs like us, which play on both fronts, in the national league and European competition, are obliged to take on the burden of national match calendars. This puts the clubs in a very difficult situation."

Karsiyaka is currently in 2nd place of the Turkish League (Basketball Super League) with a 7-2 win/loss record. 

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Amath M'Baye

Amath  M'Baye
Amath  M'Baye
MIN: 31.33
PTS: 15 (53.13%)
REB: 4
As: 1.5
ST: 1.25
BL: 1
TO: 1.75
GM: 4