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Straight from a ground in Bamako, Mali (West Africa), Salif is a young baller like all the others in the capital of Mali. Without any income to buy necessary shoes to play, he keeps on playing with what he paid for with equivalent of two months fees from his school. As a student, he is obliged to gather his scholarship money to buy a new ones. In his age group, parents refuse to give money for basketball gear which here costs a fortune. Mali is among the poorest countries in the world, which means a great problem for people to do what they want financially and obliges young men to hustle to help their families.

Through the love of the game, Bobbito Garcia a.k.a Kool Bob Love from BOUNCE recently sent me sneakers, t-shirts, and shorts for those kids in Mali, West Africa. As a former championship pro player here in Bamako, I aim now at making my way to help this game and all the poor young b-ballers. When I received the five boxes Bobbito sent, I refused to give them to the players right away. I first contacted the community which support those teams, including the central Mayor Mr. Souleymane Dagnon, who accepted to come and welcome the materials to the kids. In the presence of almost hundreds of young boys and girls, I passed on the message Bobbito asked me to tell them: Read More »

Basketball in Africa is more than┬áplaying for pleasure; it’s about the opportunity to get out of poverty and join teams all around the world. This fact obliged us to ask about the sport’s future in general.

Former Nigerian professional player Mr. Muktar Adamu Kaleh, now president of Zone III (FIBA-Africa), told me, “My vision for African basketball is to see countries competing amongst others from parts of the world like Europe and America, and not only competing but winning games. And believe me this is possible if Senegal, Mali, Nigeria can put their acts together and work hard to achieve this target. Many players from these countries are playing among different clubs in the best leagues in the world. Why can’t their countries get organized and make the best use of their own? I would also like to see Africa engaging in a serious youth development programs for the future. We have to really start developing the abundant talent God has blessed Africa with now for us to get a better tomorrow.” Read More »