Former NBA Player and Scout Pops Mensah-Bonsu has pointed out that having a basketball arena in Ghana won’t uplift just basketball but uplift the country as a whole too.

He made this statement during his address at the Ghana Basketball Conference held on April 14 virtually via ZOOM with Ghana’s Minister of Youth and Sports participating in the event.

Building an international standard basketball arena has been identified as a key component to develop basketball in Ghana and former Ghanaian-British International player Mensah-Bonsu added more layers of importance for the arena saying:


“One of our (SEED ACADEMY: Ghana) ultimate goals is to build not only a facility but an arena because we have one of the most developed countries in all of Africa and we don’t have a team or a presence when it comes to basketball… building an arena will provide more jobs, it will boost the economy, it will help real estate, it will also provide an ecosystem, an ecosystem around the sport as well as concerts and other events you can hold so ultimately when we bring that, it doesn’t just uplift the game, it uplifts the country as a whole.”

Kigali Arena in Rwanda Photo Courtesy: All

Mensah Bonsu, who is Director of New York Knicks Minor League Operations, spoke on the issue of “Building a Good Player Development System in Ghana” at the Conference which was organized by RITE Sports Limited.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

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