EB SPORTS WEEKLY:29TH JULY-4TH AUGUST 2013
Hey readers , hope you enjoyed our last sports weekly edition ? Well this week’s edition is fully packed with more news. So hang in there and continue reading.
Below are the headlines.
1.BASH ALI DEMANDS N5bn FROM SPORTS MINISTER
2.ABIDJAN 2013 AFROBASKET: NIGERIA BEGIN FINAL PREPARATION IN ORLANDO
3.OLUYOLE WARRIORS QUALIFY FOR PLAY-OFF AS POLICE BATON RISK RELEGATION:
4.WEIGHTLIFTING FEDERATION CONFIDENT OF A SUCCESSFUL CHAMPIONSHIP
5.SUPER FALCONS TO GET NEW COACH THIS WEEK
6.POLICE BATON SURVIVE RELEGATION
7.WE WILL STRENGTHEN THE SQUAD FOR NEXT SEASON, BALOGUN, COACH OF POLICE
8.FEDERATIONS CUP :HEARTLAND,PILLARS CRASH OUT WHILE ENYINMBA GOES THROUGH
9.WE WILL PICK A CONTINENTAL TICKET, SOLOMON, ASSISTANT CAPTAIN, OLUYOLE
10.CRICKET COACHES COMMEND TEAM FOR PROMOTION
11.NIGERIA POLICE DEBUTS IN FIRST GAMES
BWB RETURNS TO SOUTH AFRICA, WITH NIGERIA UJIRI AS DIRECTOR
12.OKAGBARE WILL BECOME A WORLD CHAMPION -SPORTS MINISTER
13.NIGERIA TO PLAY IN WCL D5 IN MALAYSIA NEXT YEAR
14.WHEELCHAIR TENNIS PLAYERS COMMEND ORGANISERS
15.OKAGBARE LEADS NIGERIA’S 20-MAN SQUAD TO MOSCOW
16.AFN NAMES 42 ATHLETES FOR NIGERIA MEETS
And now news in full ——>Boxing
BASH ALI DEMANDS N5bn FROM SPORTS MINISTER
Veteran boxer, Bash Ali, has threatened to take the Sports Minister,Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi to court, if he is not compensated to the tune of
Alli and the Abdullahi had a misunderstanding, with the boxer accusing the Sports minister of trying to frustrate his boxing project, claiming that he was asked to part with some money beforehe could get the funds the Federal
Government allocated to him.
The 57-year old claims his fundamental right was infringed upon, and that he was beaten by the security guards, after a failed meeting with the Sports minister.
In a letter signed by his counsel, Mr. Emmanuel Subilim, copying the Presidency, National Assembly, Director-General State Security Service, President of the World Boxing Federation and the International Boxing
Union, Alli asked for an apology “for the gross violation of the dignity of his person and his fundamental rights.”
Alli’s lawyer said, “Our client further tells us that instead of addressing his concerns, you instructed your armed aides, who are members of the Nigerian Police, to block and restrain our client’s freedom of movement,”
he was quoted as saying on The Punch newspaper.
Last week Alli and the Sports minister had a meeting in Abuja, but both parties could not reach an agreement to sheathe their swords, after the boxer walked out from the meeting.
ABIDJAN 2013 AFROBASKET: NIGERIA BEGIN FINAL PREPARATION IN ORLANDO
Nigeria senior men national team, DTigers has begun its final preparation ahead the 27th Africa Cup of Nations Afrobasket slated for August 20-31 in Abidjan Cote dIvoire in Orlando, United States of America.
The camp which has most players that represented the FIBA Africa Zone-III nation at the London 2012 Olympic Games held in London is being supervised by head coach, Ayo Bakare.
D’Tigers have been seeded as one of the top teams for the competition behind the host country,Ivory Coast and also African power houses Angola.
Coach Ayo Bakare and his technical crew held a screening exercise in both Abuja and America where they arrived on the list of players that they would take into camp.
Also the Stankovic tourney in China, where D’Tigers finished third, was equally used as a measure to select the players that were called into camp.
Two homebased players: Stanley Gumut and Abdul Yahaya made the list of players going into camp.
Some of the foreign players expected to be camp are: Aminu brothers, Alade and Al Farouk, Ike Diogu, Derrick Obasohan, Chamberlain Oguchi, team Captain Olumide Oyedeji, Mike Umeh as well as new-comers Andy Ogide and Stan Okoye.
OLUYOLE WARRIORS QUALIFY FOR PLAY-OFF AS POLICE BATON RISK RELEGATION:
Coach of Oluyole Warriors of Ibadan, Yemi Abiodun has lauded the performance of his team as they secured a place in the final four play-offs after a hard fought victory over Police Batonof Lagos in the DSTV Premier Basketball league Round 28 game played at the indoor sports hall of the National Stadium.
The Ibadan-based team was down by 15 points in the 3rdquarter of the match but came back strongly in the 4th quarter and defeated Coach Mark Balogun’s Police Baton by 3 points as the game ended 67-64.
Coach Mark Balogun of Police Baton blamed their defeat on loss of concentration from the players in the 3rd quarter and said they will
try their best to avoid relegation.
Police Baton with 9 wins and 18 losses risk demotion to the lower ranks and must defeat Oluyole Warriors in their final match to survive relegation.
Coach Yemi said their next challenge is to secure a continental ticket after qualification for the play-offs that is scheduled to commence on August 6.
The remaining slot for the final four play-offs will be challenged for by Royal Hoopers and Lagos Islanders when both teams clash.
Islanders have 15 wins and 11 losses while Royal Hoopers have 13 wins and 13 losses. Lagos Islanders need just a win in any of the games
while their opponents need victories in both matches to have any chance of progressing to the final four play-offs with just a single slot available.
Union Bank and Dodan Warriors are the other teams to have qualified.
WEIGHTLIFTING FEDERATION CONFIDENT OF A SUCCESSFUL CHAMPIONSHIP
The Nigeria Weightlifting Federation (NWF) is confident of hosting a successful National Weightlifting competition, assuring of adequate security, in the ongoing tournament.
Uyo is playing host to the 2013 edition of the Weightlifting event, which will commenced on July 29 and will end on August 3.
President of the NWF, Chibudom Nwuche said that all necessary logistics are in place for a good tournament, with special preference to the security of the athletes.
He said they have the cooperation of security agencies and are happy with the peaceful nature of Uyo and Akwa Ibom State generally.
The championship is serving as a preparatory ground for athletes, who will represent Nigeria at the continental championship coming up in September,with Nigeria the host nation.
SUPER FALCONS TO GET NEW COACH THIS WEEK
Maigari President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Aminu Maigari, has
revealed that a new coach, would be appointed for the Super Falcons this week.
The technical committee of the NFF is due tosit in Abuja this week and make suggestions, over who will replace Kadiri Ikhana as the coach of the Super Falcons.
Ikhana was sacked last year, following Nigeria’s poor outing at the African Women’s Championship in Equatorial Guinea, where they finished fourth, and the Super Falcons have been without a coach since then.
However Maigari said, that the appointment which would have been made last week, was delayed because the NFF wantedto concentrate on helping the Home-based Eagles qualify for the CHAN Championship.
The first assignment of the new Super Falcons coach will be to take charge of Nigeria’s double-headed friendly games against World Champions, Japan.
There are speculations that former Falconets coach, Adat Egan, could be the one selected for the job.
POLICE BATON SURVIVE RELEGATION.
Coach of Police Baton, Mark Balogun has expressed happiness after surviving the relegation battle. Police Baton defeated Oluyole Warriors of Ibadan by 19 points in their final game of the DSTV premier Basketball season played at the Indoor hall of the National Stadium, Surulere. The game ended 65-46.
Balogun’s team in their previous game lost to Oluyole Warriors by 67-64 on Wednesday and risked relegation and needed a victory in last game to survive the relegation waters and remain inthe league. In a chat with Inside Sports, he lauded his team and thanked God that they were able to win and survive relegation.
WE WILL STRENGTHEN THE SQUAD FOR NEXT SEASON, BALOGUN, COACH OF POLICE
After surviving relegation with a 65-46 points victory over Oluyole Warriors of Ibadan in their last match of the season to secure a slot in
the DSTV Premier Basketball league for next season, Mark Balogun, coach of Police Baton of Lagos has revealed to InsideSports that the management of the team are going to recruit new players for next season. He added that
they missed several of their best players who secured transfers to foreign clubs last year and as such, they are yet to replace them but promised that they will recruit to fill the gaps.
FEDERATIONS CUP :HEARTLAND,PILLARS CRASH OUT WHILE ENYINMBA GOES THROUGH
Defending Champions, Heartland FC, has been knocked out of the 2013 Federations Cup, losing out to Akwa United in the quarter-finals of the competition.
The game which was played at the Kaduna centre, saw Heartland playing out a 1-1 draw in regulation time, but crashed out after losing 5-4 via penalty shoot-outs.
In another shock elimination in the competition,defending champions of the
Nigeria Premier League, Kano Pillars suffered a humiliating defeat to Warri Wolves.
Wolves clearly strolled over Pillars, dispatching the Kano -based clubside 3-0 at the Ilorin centre, where the game was held.
But former champions of the Federations Cup, Enyimba, were not to be shocked, as they defeated Nasarawa United1-0.
Once again the stand-out performer was “wonder-boy” Sokari Kingsley, who
scored the solitary goal for Enyimba in the 55th minute, to help qualify the People’s Elephant for the semi-final of the Federations Cup.
The Enyimba player has now racked up four goals in the competition, as he
continues in his quest to claim the highest goal scorer prize.
Meanwhile in the Enugu centre, the only non-league side left in the competition, Akwa Starlets, couldn’t progress any further, losing 2-1 to last year’s finalists, Lobi Stars.
Semi- final pairings:
Warri Wolves vs Akwa United
Enyimba vs Lobi Stars.
WE WILL PICK A CONTINENTAL TICKET, SOLOMON, ASSISTANT CAPTAIN, OLUYOLE
Assistant Captain of Oluyole Warriors, Femi Solomon has revealed that
the target of his team in the final four play-offs of the DSTV Premier Basketball League is to pick a continental ticket. He added that he has hope and faith in his team to surpass expectations.
Oluyole Warriors starts their quest in the final four Play-offs on August 6 when they take on deposed Atlantic Conference champions, Dodan Warriors,
who finished the season as runners-up before a date with new Champions,Union Bank a day after.
6/8/13: UNION BANK VS LAGOS ISLANDERS
DODAN WARRIORS VS OLUYOLE WARRIORS
7/8/13 LAGOS ISLANDERS VS DODAN WARRIORS
OLUYOLE WARRIORS VS UNION BANK
8/8/13 OLUYOLE WARRIORS VS LAGOS ISLANDERS
DODAN WARRIORS VS UNION BANK
* All games will be played at the Indoor hall of the National Stadium,
CRICKET COACHES COMMEND TEAM FOR PROMOTION
Two cricket coaches have applauded the national team for Nigeria’s promotion to Division 5 at the just concluded World Cricket League Division 6 in Jersey.
The coaches, Tonye Timimadi of the Rivers Cricket team and Seyi Sonde, an Abeokuta-based coach, disclosed that the promotion was well-deserved.
Timimadi said that the team’s promotion to Division 5 would bring a lot of benefits to Nigeria.
According to him, the promotion would henceforth increase the financial support from the International Cricket Council to the Nigeria Cricket Federation and Nigeria will now feature in more international competitions than before, and this will further help in exposing the cricketers to acquire better skills.
Sonde, in the same vein, said that he was not only elated about the promotion, but was hopeful that the team would keep getting promotion until they get to Division 1 and that he was not expecting the NCF to rest on its
oars, but to ensure that the team would continue to get the needed support to improve in their performance.
Nigeria finished second in the six-nation tournament, after winning four out of five matches.
The host country, Jersey, an Island off the United Kingdom, topped the group after winning all their five matches inthe competition.
NIGERIA POLICE DEBUTS IN FIRST GAMES
The Nigeria Police Force will make its first appearance in the Biennial World Police and Fire Games in the 2013 edition of the Games, taking place in Belfast, Northern Ireland between August1 and 10.
The NPF contingent will feature in eight events, including athletics,badminton, boxing, cycling, golf, judo, table-tennis and taekwondo.
A 34-man contingent of the Force, made up of 28 athletes and six officials,led by the Force Planning Committee Chairman, Commissioner of Police, Abimbola Macaulay, departed the Murtala Muhammed International Airport,
Lagos, on Monday for Northern Ireland. The contingent is expected back in the country on August 14.
A statement by the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba in Abuja on Wednesday stated that the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, urged the contingent to be goodambassadors of not just the Nigeria Police, but the entire nation.
He enjoined them to conduct themselves creditably throughout their stay in Belfast, and further warned them to distance themselves from drugs, as any athlete caught doping will be dealt with accordingly.
Operation Baba Ganaru and co must be saved, sad news from Kano,
mechanic gives up the ghost:
News emanating from Kano is not pleasant,as Kano Pillars coaches were involved in an accident.
The terrible blow happened at Gangarida in Ikara LGA of Kaduna State on their way to Kano after honouring their Fed Cup obligations against Warri Wolves in Ilorin.
The sad event occurred as a result of a bursted tire that killed a road side mechanic and rendered the team’s tactician Baba Ganaru, chief coach Maikaba and assistant coach Kabiru Baleria seriously injured.
The trio were first admitted at the Kwanar Dangora Clinic. But they have been transfered to Murtala Hospital Kano.
According reports from an official of the club, the affected gaffers are responding to treatment.
AFN NAMES 42 ATHLETES FOR NIGERIA MEETS
The Athletic Federation of Nigeria has invited no fewer than 42 athletes and 12 officials to camp ahead of the 11th Africa Junior Championship scheduled for Mauritius.
AFN technical director, Omatseye Nesiama, said that the athletes would report to camp in Sapele, Delta State on Monday.
The tournament was initially scheduled to hold in South Africa from June 26 to 30 but will now hold from August 29 to September 1 in Mauritius. Nesiama also said that the athletes would have to report with their international passports and adhere strictly to the camp rules.
He said that training in the camp would help to put the athletes in better shape ahead of the continental meet.
The invited athletes for the men’s 100m event are Harry Chukwudike, Anthony Egode, Mamus Emoobunovie, Victor Ikhazoboh, Ini-Oluwa Victor and Divine Oduduru.
Also in the team are Briggs Tamunotonye and Akerele Omeiza for the 200m event, while Oshasha Samson, Ottah Ugochukwu, Akerele Omeiza, Ebelebe Charles, Adeniji Ademola and Japhet Samuel are for the 400m event. Agboola Daniel will feature in the 800m, while Ifeanyi Atuma and Bashiru Abdullahi are to participate in the110m event.
The invited coaches are Tobias Igwe, Daniel Etsebiminor, Uche Emedolu,Maria Usifo, Peter Oboh, Adebayo Bada, Saheed Alabi, Brown Ebewele, Ayodele Solaja, Tunde Sulaimon, Ken Onuaguluchi.
IAAF World Championships:
OKAGBARE LEADS NIGERIA’S 20-MAN SQUAD TO MOSCOW
Reigning African women’s 100m record holder, Blessing Okagbare, is leading Nigeria’s 20-man contingent to the 14th IAAF World Championships starting on August 10 in Moscow, Russia.
Technical Director of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Navy Commodore Omatseye Nesiama while unveiling the list said that Nigeria was going to compete in the country’s area of specialties like the men and women sprint, the quarter mile and the relays.
Conspicuously missing from the 20-man list to the World Championships is Doreen Amata who made it to the final of the last edition in Daegu, South Korea.
The African women high jump champion has been struggling all through the outdoor season. She has been unable to make the 1.92m B entry standard for
the Moscow 2013. Amata’s season best so far is the 1.91m she jumped in Texas some months ago. She leapt 1.90m towin the Moscow Trials in Calabar last month.
While Okagbare is gunning for medals in the women’s 100m, 200m and long jump, her fellow sprinters, Gloria Asumnu and Stephanie Kalu were entered for the 100m and the 4x100m relay. Uko Peace completes the 4x100m relay quartet.
The quarter-milers in the team include Regina George, Omolara Omotosho, Patience Okon and Josephine Ehigie. Ajoke Odumosu and Ugonna Ndu were also listed for the quarter mile barrier event while Ibukun Mayungbe and Bukola Abogunloko are for the 4x400m relay alone.
Only eight male athletes made Team Nigeria’s squad to Moscow. The list includes Nigeria’s fastest man, Ogho-Oghene Egwero who is listed to compete in the 100m event that is almost the exclusive right of Jamaican Usain Bolt. Even if the multi-talented Bolt false-started like he did in Daegu two years ago in Moscow, Egwero’s chances of making it to the final remains very bleak.
Noah Akwu who is trying his luck in the longer sprint, the 200m is listed for the event and the 400m.
Tosin Oke (triple jump) and Momoh Leoman(800m) are the other none quarter
milers in the invited male runners for the party in Moscow. Gerald Odeka, Tobi Ogunmola, Isah Salihu and Abiola Onakoya completed Nigeria’s 20-man squad for the championships.
Los Angeles ’84 bronze medalist in the 4x400m, Sunday Uti, experienced quarter-mile trainer, Tony Osheku, national long jump record holder, Yussuf Alli are among the coaches leading the Nigeria team to Moscow.
1. Blessing Okagbare 100m/200m/Long Jump
2. Gloria Asumnu 100m
3. Regina George 400m
4. Ajoke Odumosu 400m Hurdles
5. Omolara Omotosho 400m
6. Ehigie Josephine 400m
7. Okon Patience 400m
8. Stephanie Kalu 100m
9. Ugonna Ndu 400m Hurdles
10. Uko Peace 4x100m
11. Mayungbe Ibukun 4x400m
12. Abogunloko Bukola 4x400m
13. Egwero Ogho-Oghene 100m
14. Noah Akwu 200m/400m
15. Momoh Leoman 800m
16. Tosin Oke Triple Jump
17. Onakoya Abiola 4x400m
18. Salihu Isah 4x400m
19. Ogunmoa Tobi 4x400m
20. Odeka Gerald 4x400m.
WHEELCHAIR TENNIS PLAYERS COMMEND ORGANISERS
Participants in the Wheelchair Tennis Clinic have lauded the efforts of the Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF) in organising the programme and called for its continuity.
Some of the participants made the plea in separate interviews in Abuja at the end of the week-long training.
Israel Akpan, a power lifter, prayed God to reward the sponsors, saying it brought together many physically challenged persons from the streets to gain knowledge.
Akpan said some of the participants in the clinic realised that they had multiple sports talents, which could help them in the future.
“The clinic has been nice, we are grateful to sponsors as whoever has helped a physically challenged person will reap great rewards,” he said.
“We are happy because it has brought some of us out of the streets to engage in sporting activities. This will go a long way in helping us even in the future.”
Temitope Saraki, a wheel chair tennis player, commended NTF for remembering the physically challenged and added that the daily training helped them to achieve more.
Onyeogu Lynda, a civil servant, said she had never participated in any tennis clinic before, adding that “it has been interesting.’’
Coach Ishiaku Kwange from Niger said the clinic was a very good idea from the federation and added that it had helped the players to improve on their knowledge and techniques of the game.
Kwange said he was happy that athletes from Niger performed well in the practical aspects of the clinic as they trained daily with or without a tournament.
WORLD CRICKET LEAGUE PROMOTION :NIGERIA TO PLAY IN WCL D5 IN MALAYSIA NEXT YEAR
Nigeria senior cricket team claimed promotion to the ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 5 by piping Vanuatu, who lost to hosts Jersey, to second place of the just concluded ICC WCL Division 6 tournament.*
They eventually beat Argentina by 8 wickets (with 125 balls remaining) to emerge runners up behind Jersey- the unbeaten champions of the tournament-
Actions were already underway in all the three match centres before the arrival of the rain that washed off scores.
The Nigerians were seemingly well set for a successful run-chase against the Argentineans, however, previous results was lost to the weather.
On resumption of play, Nigeria won the toss and chose to field as Oluseye Olympio (6-23 in 9 overs) troubled Argentina with his fast bowling.
After lunch, Nigeria knocked off the runs with maximum fuss, opener Segun Olayinka making 94˟ in 73 balls to claim Man of the Match.
Their powerful batting line-up had them make 188 runs- knocking off the required 186˟- with the loss of 2 wickets in a victory secured in 29.1 overs.
The victory means Nigeria will join Jersey in the World Cricket League Division Five in Malaysia next year after making it four wins out of five with their only loss coming against hosts, Jersey.
Vanuatu’s consolation is that they retain their place in WCL 6. Argentina, Kuwait and Bahrain slip out of the world structure.
OKAGBARE WILL BECOME A WORLD CHAMPION -SPORTS MINISTER
Nigeria’s Sports Minister,Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi is delighted with the impressive performances of sprinter,Blessing Okagbare,tipping her to become a world champion.
Okagbare emerged winner of the Women’s 100m event,at the Olympics Anniversary games in London,defeating the world champion,Shelly
Ann Fraser Pryce to claim the top prize.
The manner with which she won the event,was eye-catching,as she erased two African records;first 10.86 in the heat and then did 10.79secs,in the finals to set a new one.
“She (Okagbare) has consistently shown by her performances that she has got what it takes to be a world champion. It is an impressive performance by any standard, breaking the Africa record two times within a short period.
It shows that she is world-class and ranks among the best athletes in the world,” the minister said.
“I have no doubt that if she maintains her current form and peaks at the right time, she will win the women’s 100m event at the World Championships in Russia,” he added.
Okagbare will lead Nigeria’s charge into the Athletics World Championship next month,in Moscow,with the country’s medal hopes,once again resting on her shoulders.
BWB RETURNS TO SOUTH AFRICA, WITH NIGERIA UJIRI AS DIRECTOR
*The 2013 edition of the Basketball Without Border an initiative of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) will this summer stage a return to Johannesburg, South Africa from August 29 through September 1 for the tenth time out of the eleven edition of the annual global youth camp.*
The camp that brings together 60 of the top young players 18 and under from across Africa, will be co-hosted by the King Edward VII School and St.Johns College in Johannesburg, South Africa and will feature NBA Global Ambassador and NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo and fellow DRC native Bismack Biyombo (Charlotte Bobcats); Chicago Bulls teammates Luol Deng (South Sudan) and Joakim Noah; Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), and Oklahoma City Thunder teammates Serge Ibaka (Congo), Thabo Sefolosha and Hasheem Thabeet (Tanzania) as camp coaches.
“We are very excited to be welcoming such a terrific contingent of NBA legends, players and coaches to South Africa for the 11th edition of Basketball without Borders Africa said *Amadou Gallo Fall*, NBA Vice President, Development Africa. The best young basketball players from across the continent will have a unique opportunity to learn from some of the games most inspiring players and coaches.
In addition to working on their basketball fundamentals, the young players will participate in life-skills seminars while also having a chance to forge new friendships on and off the court which will last well beyond this camp.
“As the Ministry of Sport we welcome back the Basketball without Borders Africa camp to South Africa. We are encouraged by the role it plays in developing and unleashing the potential of our youth and pride ourselves in this initiative, said Fikile Mbalula, Minister of Sport & Recreation South
“The NBA has shown a sincere commitment to social responsibility and basketball development globally. Basketball as a sport plays a significant role in our National Sport and Recreation Plan and we look forward to welcoming the NBA and the best young talent from around the continent, the minister concluded.
As part of the daily camp schedule, participants will also take part in life-skills seminars in partnership with Hoops 4 Hope and UNICEF on a range of topics such as leadership, character development, gender equity and HIV/AIDS prevention and education.
Through NBA Cares, the NBA players and coaches will also take part in extensive community outreach efforts in communities in the Johannesburg locality. The NBA has helped create over 30 places to live, learn or play in Africa, including technology centres, libraries, youth hostels, dining facilities, health clinics, homes and basketball courts.
Defensive specialist Sefolosha is a regular visitor to South Africa, the country of his descent, where he helps facilitate a year-round after school basketball program in the Mamelodi Township near Pretoria.
Ibaka, meanwhile, will first travel to Angola before descending on his native Congo where he will host clinics in Brazzaville and Kinshasa, prior to BWB. Ibaka will be making his second consecutive appearance at BWB Africa Deng who is making his third BWB Africa appearance, will also spend an extended period of time on the African continent this summer, travelling to Ghana before joining Ibaka in Angola for a series of NBA clinics.
The roster of NBA players is completed by three NBA All-Stars all making their first appearances at BWB Africa; the 2011-12 NBA Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), joins Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks) and Joakim Noah (Chicago Bulls), whose grandfather hails from the Cameroon.
The coaching staff at BWB Africa 2013 is comprised of assistant coaches BJ
Johnson (Houston Rockets), Monty Williams (New Orleans Pelicans) and former
NBA head coaches Lionel Hollins and Nate McMillan. Athletic trainer Casey
Smith (Dallas Mavericks) round out the coaching staff. Toronto Raptors General Manager and Nigerian native Masai Ujiri returns as Camp Director.
Since the inaugural Africa 100 Camp in 2003, over 130 NBA and WNBA players, NBA team personnel and more than 1000 youth aged 18 and under have participated in the camps in Johannesburg and Dakar (2010), with six participants having made the transition to the NBA. Most recently,Senegalese center Gorgui Dieng, the Most Valuable Player of the 2009 BWB Africa camp, was selected with the 21st pick in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz (subsequently traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves).
The NBA has a long history on the African continent, opening its first office in Africa in 2010, and appointing Amadou Gallo Fall as Vice President for Development. For the 2012-13 NBA season, NBA rosters counted seven players from Africa.
Prior to BWB Africa, BWB Americas will make a return trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina from July 25 28, while BWB Europe will be take place in Portugal for the first time when the camp visits Almada from August 15 18.
Nike, a BWB global partner since 2002, will again outfit the campers and coaches of all three camps with Nike apparel and footwear.
Basketball without Borders not only provides top level basketball instruction, but also teaches characteristics that are key to success in life such as hard work, dedication, teamwork, and sportsmanship, said Lynn Merritt, Vice President, Global Basketball Sports Marketing, Nike. We are proud to continue to work with the NBA and FIBA who share our commitment to developing talent around the world.
Since its inception, the NBA and FIBA have staged 33 BWB camps in 20 cities in 17 countries. More than 140 different current and former NBA/WNBA players have joined with more than 100 NBA coaches to act as mentors for more than 1,900 campers from just over 100 countries, with 27 BWB campers drafted into the NBA.
Have a nice week ahead.