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Basketball Without Borders Africa opens in Senegal

By Michael Nsubuga

Added 31st July 2019 01:32 PM

Uganda that normally sends youngsters for such training camps did not send any player this time.

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Some of the participants in the Basketball withour Borders in action in Senegal. Courtesy photo

Uganda that normally sends youngsters for such training camps did not send any player this time.

 
The 17th edition of Basketball Without Borders Africa opened on Monday at the NBA Africa Academy in Saly, Senegal, with 60 young boys and girls represented from 29 African countries. 
 
Amadou Gallo Fall,the NBA vice president and managing director for Africa and president of the Basketball Africa League, opened the festivities in the presence of current and former NBA players including Mutombo Dikembe, Chris Bosh, Joel Embiid, Malcolm Brogdon, Luol Deng, Gorgui Dieng and the newly signed Boston Celtics player Tacko Fall, both from Senegal. 
 
Uganda that normally sends youngsters for such training camps did not send any player this time.
 
The four-day training camp, organised by the NBA and FIBA is a basketball development and community outreach program that unites young basketball players to promote the sport and encourage positive social change in the areas of education, health, and wellness.
 
The campers will be coached by former and current NBA players, including two-time NBA All-Star Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2011), two-time NBA Champion Chris Bosh (U.S.), 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon (Indiana Pacers; U.S.), two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng (most recently with the Minnesota Timberwolves; South Sudan), Gorgui Dieng (Timberwolves; Senegal; BWB Africa 2009), Luc Mbah a Moute (most recently with the LA Clippers; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2003), Tacko Fall (Boston Celtics; Senegal),  Makhtar Ndiaye (former NBA player; Senegal), Boniface Ndong (former NBA player; Senegal) and NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo (Democratic Republic of the Congo).

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