Macron promises support for African youths through sports, urges Nigerians to support France in World Cup

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The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, who just ended his two-day working visit to Nigeria, has shown interest in sports investments in the county, describing it as a means to create fresh opportunities for African youths. He also assured Nigerians of his desire to assist the country with the growth and development of basketball.

Macron said these at an event to launch the official partnership between the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) in Lagos on Wednesday.
 
He said France’s inclusive public development bank is committed to financing and technical assistance for projects that will improve the lives of people in developing and emerging economies.
The two bodies (NBA & AFD) announced their plan to jointly promote social inclusion by developing basketball infrastructure and conducting youth basketball programmes, events and initiatives in Nigeria, Côte d’ Ivoire, Morocco, Senegal and other selected African countries.
The NBA and AFD plan to collaborate on and expand their mutual and longstanding commitment in Africa by providing basketball equipment and training to youths and coaches and teaching life skills in selected African countries.
They also plan to provide resources to local organisations and community leaders that focus on sustainable coaching, mentoring and leadership development.
“We are thrilled to partner with the NBA in Africa because sport and sustainable development are a natural match.  Basketball is the second most popular sport on the continent and it can be a powerful driver for sustainability, addressing unmet needs in urban development, education and creating fresh opportunities for African youths,” the AFD Chief Executive Officer, Rioux remarked Wednesday.
In his response, the NBA Vice President and Managing Director for Africa, Gallo Fall said, “we look forward to collaborating with AFD to scale up our existing efforts on the continent and to identify new opportunities to use the transformative power of basketball as a platform for youth empowerment across the continent,” he stated.
On his Twitter handle, he shared that “Sports can educate and empower people. I am a firm believer in the impact sport can have on each life and the future of a country. It’s time to invest in sports in Nigeria!”

Support France in the World Cup -Macron to Nigerians

The French President also urged Nigerian football lovers to support France in the Russia 2018 World Cup for a good reason.

“We defeated Argentina, we have been a friend of Argentina, but at least, we did what we had to do after they defeated the Super Eagles. So now, as Super Eagles are no longer in the tournament, support the french football team. We will win,” Macron said.

Sharing the video of a young basketball player, he said:

“Nigeria is a territory full of the future for all those who are ready to create their chance. This is the case of this 15-year-old Nigerian boy. He took his fate into his own hands and created his T-shirt brand. A model of determination!”

See his tweets below:

 

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