MTAF Group is the Founding Patron of PSSA and its bold commitment is inspired by a young Emirati’s relentless ambition to be a professional basketball player and his fervour to rise above the challenges presented by underdevelopment of the sport at home. MTAF Group values the role of social entrepreneurship in sustainable business and has chosen to embrace PSSA’s cause and principles as part of its corporate social responsibility programme to forward Dubai Plan 2021
PSSA’s dedicated full-time FIBA Certified Coaches and ex-professional players are entrusted to deliver our seamlessly integrated programmes under the leadership of Project Executive and Head Coach Dejan Kamenjasevic
Dejan is a FIBA licensed professional basketball coach from Bosnia (Sarajevo) and was one of the leading players in Sarajevo Club KK Bosnia until the age of 18, playing alongside some of the greatest players from former Yugoslavia.
He then moved to Spain where he began his coaching career and found solace in working with the biggest names in the field including Svetislav Pesic from Akasvayu Girona, Zan Tabak from Caja Laboral Baskonia and Pablo Laso and from AC Real Madrid, the Spanish ACB Professional League. Proud of the incredible growth PSSA has come to realise, he is wholeheartedly involved from A to Z with a formidable dedication to positively influencing the youth through cultivating a love for the sport, regionally.
Petros is from Greece. He started playing basketball at the age of 5 in youth academies. He was then selected to play in the best local teams of his age group starting from when he was 14 yearsold. So dedicated to the sport, he travelled for 4 hours three times a week from his hometown to play basketball with the National team in Athens. He signed his first professional contract with oneof the best leagues in Greece, Marouso, at the age of 17. At the same time he completed his university education in Sport’s Science and continued to play professionally till 2014 where he then tookan interest in becoming a coach.
Senad is from Bosnia. He started playing basketball at the age of 14. While his country suffered through a devastating war, the sport provided Senad with an outlet that he was determined to master. He played professionally for Basketball Club Sloboda-Dita from Tuzla and against many big names in ex-Yugoslavia such as Drazen Petrovic, Toni Kukoc, Dino Radza, Vlade Divac and many more. He played for the National Team of Bosnia and Herzegovina, worked in many clubs as a coach, then became the Head Coach for the National Team of Bosnia and Herzegovina and finally the assistant coach for A-National Team. One of his proudest achievements is recognizing great talents such as Teletovic who is currently playing in NBA.
Ivan is from Serbia. He started at the age of 10 and played for the national team of his country throughout Europe. He played professionally for 15 years and then became a coach, working for many prestigious clubs including the national federation club in Serbia. He moved to Dubai and is now one of the leading coachs at PSSA.
Josh is from the UK. Thanks to his mum’s encouragement, he started playing at the age of 15. He was selected to play regionally as part of the West Midlands team followed by England under 18 then Great Britain under 20s internationally. He continued to play for the best teams in England until he made it to California where he became a captain. He recalls training two hours a day every day and now looks back in appreciation for the discipline instilled in him by the US coaching practice. He returned to the UK where he played professionally followed by Germany and then moved to Dubai to be a coach.
Suha is from Egypt. She started playing at the age of 9 years old. Coming from a family who always encouraged exercise and sports, it was a natural direction for Suha to take. Suha played for the AUD university women’s basketball team competing with other universities in the region. She is now a part time coach with the intention of becoming fulltime having reconnected with the joys and rewards of both playing basketball and coaching.