Al-Karamah SC (men's basketball)

Al-Karamah SC (Arabic: نادي الكرامة الرياضي) is a Syrian professional basketball club based in the city of Homs,[1] that plays in the Syrian Basketball League.[2] The team is part of the multi-sports club of the same name. In 2021, the Al-Karamah club won its first SBL title.[3]

Al-Karamah SC
Al-Karamah SC logo
NicknameBlue Eagles
Eagles of Asia
LeagueSyrian Basketball League
Founded1928
HistoryKhalid bin Walid SC
1928–1957
Al-Wahda SC
1957–1971
Al-Karamah SC
1971–present
ArenaAl-Karamah Arena
LocationHoms, Syria
Team colorsBlue and White
   
PresidentSamer al-Shaar
Head coachSyria Haitham Jamil
2021–22 positionSyrian League, 2nd of 12
Championships(1) Syrian Basketball League
WebsiteOfficial page
Active departments of
Al-Karamah SC
Football pictogram.svg Basketball pictogram.svg
Football Basketball

HistoryEdit

The club was founded in 1928 as Khalid Bin Walid Sports Club. Since 1971, the club has been called by its current name.[4] In the 2014 season, after the first place in the regular season (Gr.A), the club under the leadership of coach Azzam Husain reached the SBL semifinals, where he lost to Al-Ittihad SC 74-93 and took the final 3rd place.[5]

The first big success in the history of the club was participation in the final of the SBL in 2016 season, where they were defeated by Al-Jaish SC.[6] In the 2021 season, led by coach Khaled Abu Toq, the team placed first in the regular season.[7] In the semifinals, the team encountered Al-Ittihad SC, over which it won 2–1 in matches.[7] In the SBL final, they met the Al-Wahda SC, which they beat 79–64 in the first match.[8] In the third decisive match, they won mainly thanks to Omar Sheikh Ali, who became the MVP of the match, 74–51 over Wahda SC and won their first SBL title.[3]

In the 2022 season, they finished third in the new Syrian Super Cup.[9]

Club rivalriesEdit

The biggest rival and competitor of the club is Al-Wathba SC, with which they play the Homs city derby.[10]

HonoursEdit

Current rosterEdit

Squad for the 2021/2022 Syrian Basketball League season:[11]

Al-Karamah roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name
PF/C 0   Majid Bou-Aita
PG 4   Anas Shaban
G/F 5   Rod Camphor
C 6   Muhanna Hatwik
PG 9   Tarek Al-Jabi
PG 7   Abdulrahman al-Kurdi
F 10   Mohammad Hadri
SF 13   Joseph Youssef
F 14   Eyad Hilani
F 21   Omar Cheikh-Ali
C 22   Touhami Ghezzoul
PG 66   George Nazarian
Head coach

  Haitham Jamil

Assistant coach(es)

  Nidal Al-Aswad


Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA-sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Al-Karamah Homs". asia-basket. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  2. ^ "Division I, Round 5: Leader Al-Jaish gets another victory". asia-basket. Retrieved 6 January 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Al-Karamah Homs, History". asia-basket. Retrieved 6 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Syria foundation dates". RSSF. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  5. ^ "Syrian Basketball League 2013-2014". asia-basket.com. Retrieved 19 February 2022.
  6. ^ "Syrian Basketball League 2015-2016". asia-basket.com. Retrieved 19 February 2022.
  7. ^ a b "Syrian Basketball League 2020-2021". goalzz.com. Retrieved 15 February 2022.
  8. ^ Bushra Dabin/ Mazen Eyon (12 July 2021). "Al-Karama beats al-Wahda in the first round of men basketball final league". Syrian Arab News Agency. Retrieved 15 February 2022.
  9. ^ "Syrian Basketball Super Cup". goalzz.com. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  10. ^ "Al-Wathba, al Karama and al-Jaish to quarterfinal of Republic Cup". Syrian Arab News Agency. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 19 February 2022.
  11. ^ "Al-Karamah, Current roster season 2021-2022". asia-basket. Retrieved 20 December 2021.