Apollo Faye

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Serigne Cheikhloun "Apollo" Faye (born  December 11, 1951 in Dakar ) is a former Senegalese - French basketball player .


Faye grew up in Dakar, during his military service in the Senegalese army, he began with the army sports club Association Sportive des Forces Armées du Sénégal with basketball. Nicknamed Apollo he received because of his jumping ability and the ability to "stand out" from the state, based on the rockets of the Apollo program of NASA . The 2.08 meter tall indoor player became a member of the Dial-Diop de Dakar team. A French coach recommended that he move to France. Faye followed this advice and initially played there in the lower class in Cabourg .

From 1978 to 1985 Faye played in the top French league for CSP Limoges : in 1983, 1984 and 1985 he won the French championship with Limoges, in 1982, 1983 and 1985 the cup competition and in 1982 and 1983 the European Korać Cup . In the 1978/79 season he was the best scorer in the French league with 28.5 points per encounter. Faye was the crowd favorite at the CSP, he was referred to as the "base" of the successful Limoges' team in the 1980s, which had all the prerequisites  to play in the North American NBA .

In 1985 he left Limoges and moved to Montpellier . He rose with the team in the spring of 1988 in the first division, in which he played with Montpellier until 1991.

National team

With France's national team, he took part in the European Championships in 1979 and 1983. At the 1979 European Championship, Faye was the fourth best scorer in his team with 11.6 points per encounter. He played a total of 80 international matches for France.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ All Star Club 87 - Les Parrains du match Masculin - Apollo FAYE. Retrieved July 19, 2020 .
  2. «A-po-llo ?? Apollo?? ». In: Fédération Française de BasketBall. Retrieved July 19, 2020 (French).
  3. The site des archives du basket per francais: Apollo FAYE. Retrieved July 19, 2020 .
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inwR-LNbG2w
  5. FAYE Apollo | LNB.fr. Retrieved July 19, 2020 (French).
  6. France accumulated statistics | 1979 European Championship for Men | ARCHIVE.FIBA.COM. Retrieved July 19, 2020 .
  7. Apollo Faye, une fusée légendaire. In: Basket Retro. December 11, 2019, accessed on July 19, 2020 (French).