Friday, July 1 2022

ABIDJAN (Ivory Coast) – After three days of activities, the third and final FIBA ​​Africa youth camp organized this month ended this weekend in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

FIBA Africa Youth Camp has visited three African cities – Nairobi (Kenya), Saly (Senegal) and Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) – over the past three weeks with hundreds of boys and girls from different African countries participating at the joint FIBA-NBA initiative.

The FIBA ​​Africa Youth Camps in Abidjan, held September 15-18, were led by FIBA ​​experts Naoufal Uariachi and Nour Amri and NBA experts Joe Touomou and Craig Madzinski. A total of 15 coaches helped implement activities at the Treichville Sports Palace in Abidjan.

Touomou is an experienced basketball player who at one point in his career coached the Cameroon Men’s National Team, inspiring the Lions to fourth place at the 2009 FIBA ​​AfroBasket in Libya.

Uariachi, meanwhile, coached his native Morocco in the 2021 FIBA ​​AfroBasket Qualifiers.

The numbers speak for themselves, and the 30 boys and 15 girls – all under the age of 18 – epitomized the growing popularity of basketball on the African continent.

They played, they communicated and displayed immense enthusiasm throughout the three-day event in Côte d’Ivoire’s largest city.

Campers, coaches, experts and officials disembarked in Abidjan for the last FIBA ​​Africa Youth Camp from various regions of the world, including 14 African countries namely Benin, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, Togo, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Gabon, Ghana, Madagascar, Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire.

In addition to basic basketball skills, the youth learned about life, wellness and community skills.

Addressing campers, coaches and officials, Alphonse Bile, Executive Director of FIBA ​​Africa, presented the vision beyond the FIBA ​​Africa Youth Camp and underlined the importance of transforming the event into a regular and major continental event which should be extended to national federations. .

Alphonse Bile also recalled the importance of attracting certain [foreign-based] African players compete in big basketball leagues around the world and urge them to play for their national teams. “The development of African basketball starts from the bottom up,” Bile remarked.



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