Achmadschah Zazai Wants Another Chance To Prove Himself in The Beko BBL

Achmadschah Zazai is a 27 year old German/Afghani 177 cm guard that last season played for the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig playing 27 games averaging 2.3ppg, 1.3apgHe started his basketball career for TUS Lichterfelde Berlin (2.Bundesliga) in 2003 and played there until 2005. In the 2005-2006 season, he played for SG FT/MTV Braunschweig (2.Bundesliga) playing 28 games and averaging 6.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.2apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 48.3%, 3FGP: 26.9%, FT: 75.0%. In 2006-2007, he played for BSG Ludwigsburg (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 15 games averaging 19.3ppg, and also had a license for EnBW Ludwigsburg (1. Bundesliga) playing 12 games and averaging 1.1ppg. In 2007-2008, he played for the Bremen Roosters (Germany-ProA) playing 14 games averaging 3.4ppg, 1.1apg, and then went to Denmark to play for Horsens IC playing 8 games and averaging 9.8ppg, 3.0rpg, Assists-3(4.5apg), 2.4spg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 92.0%. In 2008-2009, he played for Telemotive Muenchen (Germany-ProB) playing 25 games averaging 13.6ppg, 2.4rpg, Assists-4(5.5apg), Steals-5(2.2spg), FGP: 53.9%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 82.4%. In 2009-2010 he played for Freiburg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 10.4ppg, 2.5rpg, Assists-5(4.9apg), Steals-1(2.4spg), FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 21.8%, FT: 76.0%. In 2010-2011 he played for : BV Chemnitz 99 (Germany-ProA, starting five): 30 games: 11.6ppg, 2.8rpg, Assists-2(5.9apg), Steals-4(2.1spg), FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 64.7%. He then played fort he Giessen 46ers from 2011-2013 playing a total of 49 Beko BBL games. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.


Achamdschah thanks for talking to German Hoops Where are you at the moment and how has your summer been?

I am in Berlin right now and trying to be in shape! I was on vacation for two Weeks and Then had practices! In Summer i went with the A2 Nationalteam to China ! We had a good time!


It is very late in the summer transfer stage as most teams are full. Are you a bit suprised that you still are unsigned? Has it been more that you haven´t had the right offers or why aren´t you signed yet?

I know its Late But i dont want to hurry and do something where I dont feel comfortable! I think and I hope something good will come!


You played last season for Braunschweig playing 27 games and averaging 2.3ppg, 1.3apg. If you look back at the season how would you summarize your season on the court?

Its was not easy for me ! I can do much better but I didn´t get The Chance! I had ups and down!


You got more minutes in the first few months and at the end, but in the middle of the season you hardly got minutes. Was there at times difficulty in the relationship between you and coach?

We had a Good Relationship but he was clearly in staff like gametime! I was ok but I think i could of helped the Team little Bit More!


In the game against ratiopharm Ulm, you played 28 minutes scoring 12 points and dishing out five assists holding your own agaisnst German national player Per Guenther. Was this once again proof for you that you are a solid Beko BBL player and really can play against anyone?

This Game was not a sursprise. I had many Games Where I got the chance to Play and I Produced but its not easy as a German to Play! I hope i still get The chance !


In the game against ratiopharm Ulm, you only played so much because American James Florence didn´t play. Do you think that with your results in practice that you got a fair shot of getting minutes or was that old adage in place that ateam hast o play those guys more that cost the most?

I dont want to play because somebody gets Injuried or sick, but I want to play because i deserved it! Play Hard work hard!


Despite not getting many minutes last season what could you learn from this season in Braunschweig that will help you further in your professional basketball career?


A season Like this gives you experience! Dont believe everything what People Tell you.


What will be your fondest memory playing with Immanuel Mcelroy? Where would you rate him as best players that you have played with against in the Beko BBL?

It was easy to play with him because he knows the game ! Maybe we play together one more time


You have played for 13 teams in your professional basketball career and mostly in Germany. Is Germany still your number one destination or could you imagine going to anotehr country?

I Stay in Germany



Even though you have played in the Beko BBL the last three seasons, would you be willing to take a step back at your age and play in a lower German league?


Maybe I see how the offers are!


If you could describe yourself in a few sentences as to why you could help any team now how would you describe it?


I want to win Every competion ! I give 100 Prozent Every Game or Practice and I have a good charachter.


What was the coolist ALS Ice Bucket challenge that you saw this summer?

I liked the Bastian Schweinsteiger one.



Why can USA still beat all teams in Europe with their athletcism and one on one play against good team basketball? Does this give a bad light on team basketball?


No but i think its really a Big game for anybody to Play USA!



What was the last DVD movie that you saw?




Thanks for the chat Achmadschah.






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