Uber-energetic FIBA ​​Mop Boy is taking the basketball world by storm again – archyde

Antonio Van-Dunem from Angola is once again on everyone’s lips in the basketball world after the super energetic mop boy entertained fans, players and even the referees during the FIBA ​​World Cup qualifiers in Africa last weekend.

Players take a lot of falls on the pitch and it’s up to the mop guys like Van-Dunem to deal with the sweat and other liquids that drip on the floor.

Better known as Toy Limpa Chão, an abbreviation for his first name Antonio and Limpa Chão, which means “the mop guy”, he started his career as a floor cleaner in 1998 Club ASA. from Luandabefore partnering with Primeiro de Agosto during the FIBA ​​Africa Champions Cup 2022.

Starting with flips and rolls before and after cleaning the floor all the way to even dance next to the cheerleaders, Van-Dunem has become an integral part of basketball events in Africa.

Talk about the official FIBA ​​YouTube channel, Van-Dunem said his job is to entertain the fans while keeping his real opponent, the pitch floor, from potentially harming the players and the referees.

“With my agility, up and down on the pitch, not even the referee notices that I’m there. He’s surprised when he sees the place dry again, ”remarked the 43-year-old Van-Dunem jokingly about his floor cleaning skills.

When asked how he got his moves and energetic personality, Van-Dunem noticed that the fans in the arena got bored during the lull on the pitch and decided to spice things up by talking to them with his impressive athleticism interacted.

Van-Dunem has become hugely popular with the players themselves and even posted a photo with Guy Edi from Ivory Coast during the FIBA ​​Basketball 2023 African Qualifiers.

“My plan is to run my own cleaning company in the future. I also want to teach some young men how to keep my job alive and help reduce crime in Angola, ”he said.

Check out Van-Dunem’s story in the FIBA ​​feature below.


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