Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri has expressed major optimism about Africa’s immense potential in becoming a powerhouse in basketball and sports at large.
The President of the 2019 NBA Champions expressed this in an interview with the Olympic Channel as his native Nigeria prepares to compete in this year’s Olympics in Men’s and Women’s Basketball.
In the interview that touched on a variety of subjects, Ujiri highlighted the continent’s talented youth as a resource that must be tapped into.
“When you look at raw physical talent, we have the best in the world…whether you’re going to the eastern part of Nigeria, or you’re going to Congo, or to South Sudan, Senegal, Ghana; whether you are talking about football, basketball, it doesn’t matter where you go. The talent is incredible. We can make some progress on this continent” he said before adding,
“There’s just something about the continent that’s different. I hope I’m alive to see it become one of the leading places in the world”.
Ujiri is founder of Giants of Africa program which uses basketball to educate young people in Africa.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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