Amine Rzig, the Tunisian conductor
A close look and scrutiny at Tunisia national team and one man becomes immediately recognisable: Amine Rzig.
He has spent more time in the floor than any Tunisian player in the last five years.
Seven-footer Salah Mejri had an astonishing contribution with 15 rebounds and six block shots at last years’ Afrobasket final after a 67-56 victory against Angola.
However Rzig spent 38 minutes on the court, scoring 14 points, nine of which from behind the arc.
Rzig is the team’s captain, and one of most experienced players among coach Adel Tlatli’s men. If head coach Tlatli is the mastermind in the sideline, Rzig is Tunisian national team’s conductor.
He has not missed an international tournament since the 2005 Afrobasket.
The Tunisian national team leader may have scored sparingly at last year’s Afrobasket, but whether from the floor or the bench he transmitted tranquillity to his teammates.
From 16.4 points per game at the 2009 Afrobasket, Rzig point contribution dropped to 8.4 at last year’s Afrobasket.
At that tournament, in Tripoli, Libya, Rzig spent 36.4 minutes per game leading his national team.
Eventually he led Tunisia to a bronze medal after a 78-69 victory over Cameroon and, a year later at the 2010 FIBA World Championship started every game.
In Madagascar, Rzig had more playing time than any of his colleagues with 26 minutes per game, and 8.4 points per game.
What makes him a threat is that Rzig is a lethal three-pointer shooter.
After spending two seasons with Egyptian side Geish Army he joined this tear rivals El Ahly.
In May he helped El Ahly win the Egyptian national title after a 75-70 win over El Gezira.
“I will have some rest and recharge batteries for the Olympics. Then I will join the national team and focus in the Olympic Games,” he said following the end of the league season.