FIBA President Niang (middle) with Diaw (right)

Youth Basketball advocate and former NBA Champion Boris Diaw has pointed out Africa’s capacity to win big on the international stage.

He made the assertion recently when he visited the FIBA Africa Headquarters in Abidjan, Ivory Coast; FIBA Africa is the basketball governing body in Africa.

Since ending his career in 2018, Diaw has been heavily involved in youth basketball hosting youth camps including one in Senegal.

Speaking to FIBA regarding Africa’s potential, the former France international pointed to Mali’s silver medal win at the Under 19 World Cup in 2019 as a major example.

“I saw several talented lads in a hard-fought tournament won by Mali. I was able to appreciate the quality of training of the youth and the development potential on the African continent” he said.

Diaw’s whose father is from Senegal, played for France and won the 2013 European Basketball Championship (EuroBasket) before winning the 2014 NBA title with San Antonio Spurs.

He was met on his visit by FIBA President Hamane Niang.

Mali competing at the 2019 U 19 World Cup Photo Courtesy: FIBA

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter


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