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NBA players at world cup Africa qualifiers, Basketball without borders in Egypt and Majok goes home -This week in African basketball

NBA players at world cup Africa qualifiers, Basketball without borders in Egypt and Majok goes home -This week in African basketball

SILALEI SHANI, BIRD STORY AGENCY WITH the 4th window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup African Qualifiers taking place from August 26-28, teams have dug deep into their selection of players around the world to make sure teams put forth their best effort. After a disappointing performance in the 3rd window to place them 5th place in Group F, Senegal has brought back the dynamic Brancou Badio. Badio, who currently plays for BAXI Manresa in Spain, will be joined by Khalifa Diop -who was recently drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers - and Amar Sylla. Angola, who are 2-2 in Group…
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Giants visit three countries after COVID, Hoops returns “to change the narrative” and Rose motivates Senegal’s Lions

Giants visit three countries after COVID, Hoops returns “to change the narrative” and Rose motivates Senegal’s Lions

SILALEI SHANI, BIRD STORY AGENCY THE Giants of Africa, an organization that uses basketball as a means to enrich the lives of African youth through education on and off the court, has just wrapped up their annual camp tour, after visiting 3 countries this year. Following a 3-year hiatus due to Covid 19 restrictions and precautions, GOA held camps in Burkina Faso, Benin and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It was the first time GOA had held camps in Burkina Faso and Benin. The organization, co-founded by Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri, has hosted basketball camps and educational clinics for…
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Summer break sees NBA stars in Africa; young players Rise, down south

Summer break sees NBA stars in Africa; young players Rise, down south

SILALEI SHANI IT'S the northern summertime break, which means that some of the world's biggest names in basketball follow a growing tradition and head "home" to Africa. Currently, that means the likes of Wenyen Gabriel (South Sudan), Precious Achiuwa (Nigeria) and even American NBA stars like the Miami Heat’s Jimmy Butler - who went to Guinea Bissau - and the Indiana Pacers Myles Turner - experiencing his first trip to Africa (Tanzania) - have begun crisscrossing the continent. Often these big names get busy with foundational and basketball development work during these travels. The WNBA’s Chicago Sky Center, Astou Ndour,…
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Top-level scouts eye Africa’s U-18 basketball talent

Top-level scouts eye Africa’s U-18 basketball talent

SILALEI SHANI, BIRD STORY AGENCY THE start of the 2022 FIBA U18 African Championship began about a week ago in Antananarivo, Madagascar with Africa’s youth reminding the world why the continent really is the new frontier for top talent. August 8 marked the end of the group phase and the men now into the knock-out phase with the finals being played on August 14. Benin, Mali, Guinea, Algeria, Egypt, Angola, Senegal and hosts Madagascar are all in the race to represent Africa at the FIBA U-19 World Cup in Hungary. Two tickets are up for grabs. While Senegal enters the…
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Former NBA player picked as new Senegal coach, state-of-the-art stadium for Kinshasa

Former NBA player picked as new Senegal coach, state-of-the-art stadium for Kinshasa

SENEGAL’S technical bench will get some new faces as they continue their journey after the recent firing of Boniface Ndong by Senegal’s basketball federation. As per ESPN writer, Marc J. Spears, G League Westchester Knicks Head Coach and former NBA Center Desagana Diopwill be appointed as the incoming head coach. Senegal, who are ranked 33 in FIBA World rankings, lost to Egypt and Congo during the recently concluded 3rd window of qualifiers after a strenuous journey to Alexandria for the tournament. Former head coach, Ndong accepted his dismissal but sought to provideclarification on what happened during the outing by issuing…
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South Sudan’s fairytale basketball story shows what’s possible

South Sudan’s fairytale basketball story shows what’s possible

WHEN the first round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Africa qualifiers came to a close on July 3, with games played in Egypt, Cote D’Ivoire, and Rwanda, 12 teams had secured spots in the second round of qualifiers commencing at the end of August in a 2 group format, with Cote D’Ivoire, Angola, Guinea, Cape Verde, Nigeria and Uganda in one and South Sudan, Tunisia, Cameroon, Egypt, DR Congo and Senegal in the other. This sets up some tough matches in the next round but there are already some significant stories here. Africa’s "Cinderella story", is South Sudan,…
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African basketball: Calls for new narrative in Nigeria, NBA draft action

African basketball: Calls for new narrative in Nigeria, NBA draft action

AFRICA continued to play its role as a growing hub for NBA talent in June, with 8 African players drafted in this year’s NBA Draft 2022. The event, on June 23, had wide African representation. Two players who have garnered a lot of attention are Christian Koloko of Cameroon and Khalifa Diop of Senegal. Arizona centre Koloko was selected by the Toronto Raptors with the 33rd pick. He is the first Cameroonian player drafted into the NBA since Pascal Siakam, in 2016. Gran Canaria (Spain) forward Diop was selected 39th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers becoming the first Senegalese to…
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