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Cameroon’s Joel Embiid Bids To Take Over The NBA

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Cameroon's Joel Embiid Bids To Take Over The NBA

Professional basketball is starting up again in the United States, with the 2018-19 season stretching out ahead. Basketball fans around the world will be turning their eyes to America, where the best players not just from the U.S. but from all around the world compete in a league that seems to be gaining popularity with each passing year.

The NBA has long had ties to the African continent. A majority of the players are African-American, and in recent years in particular the league has done regular outreach around Africa during its offseason. Right now, however, there are relatively few NBA players who actually hail from Africa. There is, however, one such player who figures to have about as big an impact on the NBA season as any other player: Cameroonian native Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Embiid has had a fascinating journey in basketball so far. He moved to the United States at the age of 16 to go to school in Florida and concentrate on ascending to the professional ranks. A few years later and after a single season at Kansas University (one of the strongest schools in America for basketball), Embiid was drafted to the NBA to play for the Philadelphia 76ers. And while his career was slow to get off the ground due to injuries, Embiid proved himself enough to earn a five-year, $148 million contract heading into the 2017-18 season. During that season, he played at an All-Star level and helped to put Philadelphia on the map as one of the league’s true up-and-coming teams.

Because of his performance last season, Embiid is in the talks for league MVP as the 2018-19 season starts up. Sports betting still isn’t a huge business in the U.S., and the markets tend to focus on a select handful of sports internationally that include football, horse racing, and tennis. But you can still find odds for NBA action because of the league’s global popularity, and if you were to peruse them right now you’d see him near the top of the ranks for MVP. Only a few players – LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Anthony Davis for instance – are definitively viewed as more likely to win the league’s top individual honor.

On top of the individual accolades Embiid is looking to collect, he’ll also be leading a roster of young 76ers players who are expected to vie for a place in the Eastern Conference Finals. While the Boston Celtics are widely viewed as the conference’s strongest team, Philadelphia is seen as having a real chance of pushing through and getting to the NBA Finals, where anything is possible. It’s been a long process for this team to reach a level like this, and Embiid has the responsibility of trying to finish the job.

Additionally, as if all of the challenges and possibilities on the basketball court aren’t enough, Embiid is also publicly challenging the common notion that bigger players don’t sell shoes. Because smaller players tend to be flashier and more relatable to fans, they’re the ones that have always had successful shoe deals. However, Embiid has spoken to the fact that he finds this ridiculous, and recently secured a major deal with Under Armour. Through this deal, the Cameroonian big man could just conquer the league insofar as it extends to the apparel markets as well.

To say Joel Embiid is the face of the NBA would be dramatic. But he’s on his way to being in that conversation.

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Morocco And Spain To Place Joint Bid For 2030 FIFA World Cup

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Morocco And Spain To Place Joint Bid For 2030 FIFA World Cup

Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez says Spain and Morocco are discussing the possibility of placing a joint bid for the 2030 FIFA world cup.

The Spanish Premier has already held talks with Morocco’s King Mohammed the sixth about the same. If the bid were to be successful, it would present the possibility of one of the most interesting world cup showdowns ever.

According to the Spanish Prime Minister, the bid would involve Portugal as well. The first joint hosting of the world cup was in 2002. The tournament was hosted by Japan and South Korea, for the first time in Asia.

This will not be the first joint hosting bid by three countries. The 2026 FIFA world cup will be jointly hosted by the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

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Gernot Rohr Searches For Grade A Matches To Prepare Super Eagles For AFCON 2019

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Gernot Rohr Searches For Grade A Matches To Prepare Super Eagles For AFCON 2019

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr wants top friendlies to prepare his team for the 2019 African Cup of Nations.

The Super Eagles are already qualified for the tournament with a game to spare, and Rohr is hopeful that the team will be kept busy with at least three grade a matches.

The Super Eagles have won the AFCON three times, but they are only back in the tournament proper in four years after they failed to qualify for the last two editions in 2015 and 2017.

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Tendai Mtawarira Launches Foundation In Zimbabwe

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South African national rugby team player, Tendai Mtawarira, nicknamed “The Beast”, has launched a foundation aimed at introducing the game to rural areas in Zimbabwe, his home country.

The Get Involved Foundation also seeks to foster social cohesion and promote education across Africa.

Explaining his motivation, Mtawarira says he represents the whole continent, and wants to inspire all youths in Africa.

Mtawarira plays for the Durban-based side, The Sharks, and the national team. He says he wants to use his foundation, launched in London on Sunday, to give African children a better chance in life through sport.

Mtawarira has played for the Springboks for the last 11 years and amassed more than 100 caps, a rare feat in the game.

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