Fourth Belgian basketball player in Russia: Hind Ben Abdelkader moves to Nika Basket

Hind Ben Abdelkader (right)

Hind Ben Abdelkader plays the upcoming campaign for the Russian Nika Basket in Syktyvkar. The 26-year-old and 1m70 tall from Brussels is celebrating her comeback after a serious knee operation.

Patrick Ceulemans

Hind Ben Abdelkader, who in Belgium included ex-Waregem, Namur Capitale and Sint-Katelijne-Waver, underwent major knee surgery at the beginning of this year. After a long rehabilitation with physiotherapist Peter Sempels (physiotherapist of the Belgian Lions) in Leuven, she is ready for a comeback. The ex-Belgian Player of the Year, a referendum by Het Nieuwsblad, signed a contract with the Russian Nika Basket in Syktuvkar. This team also plays in the FIBA ​​EuroCup Women. Hind Ben Abdelkader was also active in Nice (France) and Hatay (Turkey). In 2018, she also briefly worked in the WNBA and at Indiana Fever. The club where compatriot Julie Allemand is now under contract.

After Emma Meesseman (Ekaterinburg), Julie Vanloo (Krasnoyarsk) and Kyara Linskens (Nadheza Orenburg), Hind Ben Abdelkader is the fourth Belgian in the Russian PBL.

Comeback Belgian Cats?

Three years ago, the Brussels shooting guard decided not to play for the Belgian Cats anymore. Hind Ben Abdelkader would have opened the gate to the Belgian Cats again. In November, the Cats will start the European Championship qualifying round (towards the European Championship of 2023). That comes too early for Hind Ben Abdelkader. In February, when the Belgian Cats finish the World Cup qualifications for the World Cup in Australia (September 2022), that would be on the agenda.

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