Not surprisingly Ngombo is not playing with Minnesota at this time. He is in fact right where he was before he became a web search sensation, Qatar. As I reported earlier, Ngombo starred in a three team tournament in late August against Lebanon and Syria. The event was a tune-up before the FIBA Asia Championships held in China in September. Things unraveled for Qatar and Ngombo before the Championship as five of the eleven members of the team were deemed ineligible because of their paperwork. Ngombo was among these five, so was unable to play in the tournament. Qatar dropped from a favorite to a bottom tier team and Ngombo lost his chance to play on the world stage.
It is unclear whether or not the Ngombo’s “paperwork” issues have been cleared up at this point, but he was able to play in the Pan Arab Games held in Doha in December as it was not a FIBA-sanctioned event. His performance over the seven games was up and down, but he ended on a high note with a 27 point and 12 rebound performance leading Qatar to victory over Jordan. Despite averaging only 13 points and 9 rebounds for the tournament Targuy Alban (yes, another variation of his name appeared) took home the MVP award.
It is doubtful that Ngombo will ever make it over to the US to play, but I think the CBA is not out of the question. As each of the previous season’s bottom four teams is allowed an Asian import one would think that Ngombo would be highly sought after by Chinese clubs. While perhaps he is not an NBA quality wing, he would be an effective all-around player in China. I will make sure to update everyone again in another six months or so.