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Winning NBA manager backs African basketball

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Winning NBA manager backs African basketball

A man of Nigerian and Kenyan heritage has been at the forefront of the historic NBA championship win by the Toronto Raptors.

Masai Ujiri, whose mother is Kenyan and father Nigerian, is the Canadian side’s general manager – the most senior position in the team.

Overnight, the Raptors became the first Canadian team to win the championship, beating the Golden State Warriors 4-2 in the best of seven series.

Ujiri, who was born in Britain, has become a well-known figure in basketball development in Africa.

He set up the Giants of Africa programme which recruits young African basketball talent and secures scholarships in US universities.

The organisation has built courts in Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa. It is also working to develop coaching talent in Rwanda.

Before Wednesday night’s match, Giants of Africa posted a film on Instagram of Kenyan fans shouting: “Let’s go Raptors!”

On court, African players made a big contribution to the Raptors’ victory.

Cameroon’s Pascal Siakam was their top scorer with 26 points, and Congo-Brazzaville’s Serge Ibaka scored 15 points.

Source: BBC

 

 

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Senegal thrash Tunisia to reach AFCON finals

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Senegal thrash Algeria to reach AFCON finals

Senegal have secured their spot at the 2019 AFCON finals after emerging victorious against Tunisia.

Senegal reached their second Africa Cup of Nations final with an extra-time victory over Tunisia.

Both sides had penalties saved in normal time before Tunisia defender Dylan Bronn inadvertently headed the only goal of the game into his own net.

Mouez Hassen tipped Sadio Mane’s free-kick onto Bronn’s head as Senegal – who face Algeria or Nigeria – moved a step closer to their first Afcon title.

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Clifford Aboagye joins Gallos de Querétaro from Atlas FC

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Clifford Aboagye joins Gallos de Querétaro from Atlas FC

Midfielder Clifford Aboagye will spend the 2019/20 season with Mexican side Gallos de Querétaro, completing a season-long loan move from Atlas FC.

“Looking ahead to the 2019 Apertura of Liga MX, we welcome the Ghanaian, Clifford Aboagye, who already has experience in Mexican soccer,” reads Querétaro’s statement.

Atlas FC also said in a Club statement: “Atlas FC reports that footballer Clifford Aboagye will go on loan to Club Querétaro.”

The Mexican Soccer Academy appreciates the time and effort they devoted during his stay at the club, wishing him success in the future.”

He played a very key role for Inter Allies, mastering a team to a debut Premier League qualification in 2013.

Later, he joined Granada CF in Spain and debuted with the first team on January 8, 2015 in a Cup match before making his debut in the La Liga.

In 2017, he arrived in Mexico and caught the attention of the national media, first spending a season on loan with Atlas and later permanent deal, thanks to the speed, technical conditions and vision of the game.

Aboagye won the Adidas Bronze Ball in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey in 2013, where Ghana grabbed bronze in the competition and also featured in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

Source: www.interalliesfc.com

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Kotoko turn down Orlando Pirates new bid for Songne Yacouba

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Kotoko turn down Orlando Pirates new bid for Songne Yacouba

Orlando Pirates have bid rejected by Asante Kotoko for Burkina Faso striker Songne Yacouba in the ongoing transfer window, Footballghana.com can report.

The management of the Porcupine Warriors have turned down a new offer from the South Africa Premier League giants.

According to reports, Orlando Pirates submitted a bid around $100,000 to sign Yacouba ahead of next season campaign.

Officials of Kotoko have asked the Buccaneers lads to table an improved bid around the region of $150,000 to $200,000 for the acquisition of the Burkina Faso import.

Yacouba emerged as a top transfer target for the Orlando Stadium outfit following his explosive performance at the Ghana Premier League heavyweights.

He is currently on holidays in his native country, Burkina Faso.

Footballghana.com understands that the Reds are willing to sell Yacouba following the arrival of George Abege, Adingra Moussa and Richard Arthur.

He scored two goals and provided five assists in his eight appearances for Asante Kotoko in their CAF Confederation Cup campaign last season.

Source: footballghana.com

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