Ghanaian youngster Philip Osafo arrived in the country on Monday night after participating in the 2013 Basketball without Borders programme.
The annual event which took place in South Africa saw the King College product participate in the three-day event at the St Johns’ School in Johannesburg.
Osafo was picked to represent the West African country after excelling in the maiden edition of the Sprite Ball Clinic which took place in three regional capitals; Accra, Kumasi and Cape Coast.
It was a unique opportunity for the powerful forward who played and interacted with some of the promising talent on the African continent.
After the intense three days of life skills seminars, skills development sessions and competitive games each afternoon, the last day of the camp was all about celebration. The morning saw the last games being played on the courts of King Edward VII School in Johannesburg, but the real fun came in the afternoon when some of the most promising young players representing the African continent faced each other in the 2013 Basketball without Borders Africa All-Star Game.
The All-Star Game half time-show included a three-point shootout won by Emmanuel Ejeh from Nigeria. He stood against Kyrie Irving in the ultimate contest, but the 2012 NBA Rookie of the Year was out of reach for the young and talented Nigerian that Sunday afternoon.
The 11th Basketball without Borders Africa camp concluded with an award ceremony where the top African young players were recognized for their contribution, leadership, performances and conduct at the camp. Snatching the Nike All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award was Cheikh Diallo from Senegal with Cheikh Djiby Fall becoming the SAA High Flyer of the tournament. Gerson Domingos from Angola was named the 2013 Nike BWB Camp MVP.
The highlight of the 2013 BWB Africa All-Star Game was the half-time performance of the Atlanta Hawks Sky Squad. The four incredibly talented American gymnasts got the audience on their feet while showcasing their skills and having their own slam dunk competition in the air.
The following is a complete list of players participating in Basketball without Borders Africa 2013:
|COUNTRY||FIRST NAME||LAST NAME||COUNTRY||FIRST NAME||LAST NAME|
|Cameroon||Rostland||Ndong Essomba||Rwanda||Kevin Ian||Mugabo|
|Cape Verde||Erico Dos||Santos||Senegal||Alioune||Diallo|
|Cent. Afr. Rep.||Cedric||Assana||Senegal||Cheikh Bamba||Diallo|
|Cent. Afr. Rep.||Eddy||Ngoy||Senegal||Cheikh Djiby||Fall|
|Chad||Jairus||Antoine Mboybe||Senegal||Ibrahima Fall||Faye|
|Egypt||Ibrahim||Abdalla||South Sudan||Chol Beny||Marial|
|Egypt||Mohamed||Abd El Rahman||Tunisia||Achraf||Gannouni|