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Senegalese Basketball Player Tacko Fall is the NBA's Literal 'African Giant'

At 7-foot-5-inches, the Boston Celtics center recently made his pre-season debut and is the NBA's tallest active player.

Last night, the Boston Celtics played against the Charlotte Hornets and defeated them 107-106. Currently the tallest active player in the NBA, Tacko Fall, made his pre-season debut in the last eight minutes of the game, according to the BBC. The Senegalese player continues to battle for a spot on the fifteen-man roster of players who will be drafted for the upcoming regular season.


Over the years, there has been a steady rise in the number of African basketball players going on to play for the NBA. The likes of Nigeria's Chuma Okeke and Chikezie 'KZ' Okpala as well as Guinea's Sekou Doumbouya were all drafted into the NBA this year. It goes without saying that Africans are making some serious moves in the world of professional basketball. In June, Masai Ujiri became the first African General Manager to lead a team to NBA championship victory after the Toronto Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors.

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While he admits that he started playing the game much later than his peers, Fall hopes to make his professional debut as an NBA player at the end of October. Just seven years ago, he officially picked up basketball as a sport. He then played college basketball at the University of Central Florida and went on to sign with the Boston Celtics for the summer league after he clocked the highest measurements in terms of his wingspan, standing reach and height at the NBA Draft Combine.

Speaking about his electric debut last night, Fall said that, "I worked so much to get this opportunity to play in the NBA. So right now, I am dreaming. Now, basketball is my life. If I don't play for one day, it drives me crazy." He added that, "I feel blessed. I am just a little kid from Senegal, I barely started playing basketball six years ago. God truly blessed me."

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Senegal Becomes First African Team to Win a Game at the World Cup

The Senegalese team beat the host team by a 3-1 score during the Group A match.


Senegal became the first African country to be a winner at the 2022 FIFA World Cup after scoring over the Qatar host team on Friday, November 25.

While this is a big win for Senegal, the defeat means that Qatar is close to being eliminated from the tournament after Ecuador defeated them last Sunday during the opening game.The Senegalese team beat the host team by a 1-3 score during the Group A match at the 2022 World Cup, and this win made them the first African side to win a game in the tournament. The goals came from Boulaye Dia, Famara Diedhiou, and Bamba Dieng, who all played a part in securing the big win.

The Qatari team seemed self-assured as they quickly secured a goal. Qatar should have had a penalty when Ismaila Sarr bundled over Akram Afif, but the referee Antonio Mateu decided not to grant it.

In a conversation with Aljazeera, Pathe Toure shared the team's strategy for winning the game.

"It was a good performance. We were focused, and the team decided to play well. We didn't let Qatar move the ball or have time on the ball," Toure said. "We have to play the same way or better against Ecuador. It will be like a tournament final. Now it is time to enjoy the win and the performance."

Senegal's win is historic because Africa has not had a lot of success in World Cup games, in the past. The last time an African team had a stake in the quarter-finals was when Ghana reached the last eight in 2010.

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Sadio Mane Ruled Out of the World Cup Through Injury

The 30-year-old forward Sadio Mané was earlier scheduled to join Senegal's squad for the World Cup.

Just last week, news broke that Sadio Mane would be joining his squad in Qatar for the World Cup, but due to his leg injury, that will no longer happen.

The BBC reports that, after an MRI scan was completed on Thursday, medical professionals determined that further surgical intervention is needed on Mane's injury.

On Friday (November 11th), it was announced that Mane will be on the Senegal team for the World Cup in Qatar, despite the fact he suffered recent injuries while playing against SV Werder Bremen in Germany. Mane had an injury that caused damage to his right fibula.

The star Senegalese footballer, who is 30, made headlines earlier this year for kicking his team to the Africa Cup of Nations. He also had a decisive penalty kick for the World Cup qualification, and is considered one of the most prolific African players of all time. Senegalese coach Aliou Cissé, who previously named Mane among the 26-man squad that would represent Senegal, had said he was confident that Mane could recover from his injuries in time to play at the tournament.

At the time, Cissé had also shared that the chosen players were selected because they were in line with the team's principles.

"The players chosen correspond with our vision and philosophy. They are competitors of a high level," Cissé told Al Jazeera.

Previously, Cissé had said the team sent the federation's doctor to examine Mane's leg but was informed that the star footballer would not need any surgery to recover. Cissé said he was pleased with the feedback because he would prefer to keep Mane on the team for the big game.

"That's very good news, and we now have the chance to try and get him fit for the tournament. We now have two weeks to observe and see how the injury reacts to treatment," Cissé, whose contract as a coach was extended by two years earlier this week, said. "I prefer to keep him in the squad because he is such an important part of us. We will do all in our power to ensure we can recover Mane in time to play."

In light of the recent developments, Man has been ruled out of playing the big tournament.

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African football has come a long way.

Egypt was the first African team to ever participate in a FIFA World Cup. They did it in Italy in 1934, where they only played a game, which they lost 4-2 to Hungary. Back then, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) didn’t exist, so the Pharaohs played two qualifier games against British Palestine.

CAF was eventually formed in 1956, but the World Cup would only see another African team in Mexico 1970, when Morocco qualified. Years later, Pelé, the legendary Brazilian player, predicted that an African team would win a World Cup before the year 2000, he was mocked mercilessly. For many, it was not an unlikely outcome, it was an absurd proposition.

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Kizz Daniel Performs At The FIFA World Cup

Nigeria's Kizz Daniel recently thrilled fans when he performed at the FIFA World Cup.


Renowned Afrobeats singer, Oluwatobiloba Daniel Anidugbe, also known as Kizz Daniel recentlymade his debut performance at the World Cup to raving fans. The singer performed songs from a selection of some of his well known smash hit records at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, which is still ongoing.

Some of the songs that he performed included: 'Buga', 'Cough', 'Lie', 'Pour Me Water', 'One Ticket', 'Eh God', 'Good Time' and many others.

The singer performing at the World Cup was somewhat of a self-fulfilling prophecy because earlier in June, he had shared on social media that he wanted to perform at the World Cup this year.

His tweet read: "God I want to perform 'Buga' for World Cup with a mass choir. Help me say amen."

During his performance, he was greeted by over 50,000 fans, who excitedly chimed in as he delivered some of his heavy-hitting songs. The 28-year-old also featured a live-band show during his performance.

Kizz Daniel is one of the many African artists that are leaving their mark on the global music scene. When he released ‘Buga,’ he received massive recognition from the record and it quickly became an anthem in Nigeria. To many, the song was one of the most prominent African songs of the year.

Kizz Daniel's recent performance at the World Cup marks the rise in global popularity that many of his peers are also receiving.

According to Sports Brief, Kizz Daniel's performance was a part of the FIFA Sound, which had at least five international artists in it's lineup who performed on the main stage during the famed sports event. Sports Brief also shared that all of the performances were an extension of FIFA’s entertainment strategy, which is an initiative that is created to establish solid relationships between the world of soccer and music.

Following his performance, a thrilled Kizz Daniel took to social media to show some of the excited reactions that fans had during his performance.

VADO OF AFRICA 🌍 on Instagram: "AS A NAIJA 🇳🇬 BOY I SAY THANK YOU AFRICA 🌍 THANK YOU WORLD 🌎 #fifaworldcup2022 #qatar2022 ‼️"

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