December 02, 2023

Ange Kouame sets sight on fulfilling FIBA World Cup goal with Gilas

Ange Kouame sets sight on fulfilling FIBA World Cup goal with Gilas

Naturalized big man Ange Kouame is not giving up on his dream of one day representing the Philippines in the FIBA World Cup.

While it seems that Gilas Pilipinas will be picking between Barangay Ginebra San Miguel import Justin Brownlee and Utah Jazz star Jordan Clarkson for the naturalized player spot in the upcoming FIBA World Cup, Kouame already has his eyes set on the next tournament.

In a Twitter post, Kouame wrote “Next Goal ??” while quoting the announcement of FIBA that Qatar will be the host of the FIBA World Cup tournament in 2027.


By that time, Kouame will likely be in his prime years while Brownlee and Clarkson could be at the downtrend of their playing years, leaving the door open for the reigning UAAP MVP to be called on by Gilas.

Kouame last donned the Gilas jersey during the fifth window of the FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers.

In about 12 minutes of action, Kouame averaged 3.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks against Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Luckily, it won’t take Kouame that long before he could once again represent the country as the three-time UAAP champ is included in the men's 3x3 pool for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia this May.

Having said that, it appears he has a bigger goal in mind.