Reigning UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou has being honoured for his Humanitarian Awards.

Held on Monday, July 12, 2021 in the United States of America’s capital, New York, the award scheme which seeks to honour and celebrate the incredible impact of athletes, teams and professionals from the sport industry on their various societies through sporting activates, embarked on its seventh season of the celebration event.

Francis Ngannou, the only African to have been honoured alongside the other awardees for his zeal to make changes in the lives of young ones striving to achieve their aim in sports.

The heavyweight champion was awarded the Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award which is offered to individuals helping the less privileged through sports.

Looking at the awards aim and Ngannou’s current project in Cameroon, it is not surprising that Francis Ngannou has been honoured under such award category.

The Francis Ngannou foundation as part of the winners will receive its portion of ESPN $1 million grants channelled into to the charities of the nominees and winners.

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Francis Ngannou’s Charity Organisation in his hometown in Cameroon helps in uplifting the dreams and aspirations of children through coaching in order for them to explore their various talents and take action that will make way for positive change in their lives.

 

According to the MMA legend, his gym which is currently in operation under the Francis Ngannou Foundation is now full of quality training accoutrements which will make it easy for the children to access it to develop themselves through the gradual training process.

The Francis Ngannou Foundation gym has registered more than 100 children and still counting.

 

From zero support to success and honours, Francis Ngannou has been using his personal life experience to inspire people particularly, the young and disadvantaged who are struggling to make their way through in life.

 

Following the back-to-back positive energy and recognition, the reigning UFC Heavyweight Champion admonished the young ones not to give up on their dreams because they have nothing or no support system. Adding that it’s okay to start with nothing but with perseverance, they’d get somewhere.

 

However, when the lucrative aspect surfaces, that’s when you realise you’ve got a lot of things to buy but that is not the ultimate aim, the aim is to be pushing more to do great things and that is to finish the dream you started.

 

He then expressed his joy of influencing the lives on young ones in Cameroon.

He stated: “A lot of children now in Cameroon, because of me, they have a dream. They say, ‘I will be a champion in MMA. I will do boxing like Francis….”

 

Congratulations to Francis Ngannou on receiving this prestigious honour.

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Cameroonian/French mixed martial artist, Francis Ngannou who is the reigning UCF heavyweight champion has embraced euphoric atmosphere upon his visit to his homeland, Cameroon.

 

UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou got the well deserved welcome upon arriving in Cameroon.

 

The street of Yaoundé, the capital city of Cameroon was full of natives cheering and happily hailing the champion for his prestigious achievement, as displayed in the broadcast video, they all sought to have a feel of Francis Ngannou.

Some wanted to touch his belt, outfit and the body in celebrating his victory. It was such a very nice gesture from the country people in welcoming him back home after his historic win.

 

Meeting the press and the state officials, he genuinely expressed his gratitude to the fans and the country at large for supporting and encouraging him throughout his journey as a sportsman.

Subsequently, he asserted that, the huge morale is what keeps him motivated to develop his skills which contributed greatly to his success today.

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 “I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the support you have given me, it is what has kept me going. Three years ago, I failed my mission and I promised to bring this belt home to you.

And it is thanks to the daily encouragement I receive from you. You are my strength, my motivation, it is thanks to you that I was able to accomplish my mission” ~ Yaoundé

As an African who grew up from a less privileged background, Francis Ngannou has really made the best out of his life despite his background and serves as a great inspiration not only to Africa but to the whole world.

Francis Ngannou has given hope and encouragement to anyone who wants to give up that is worth trying and not to give up matter what.

He’s a sign poster for Hope, believe, focus, persistent  and  not taking one’s eyes off the target set ahead not matter how many years it take

Bienvenue au pays Francis Ngannou! Nous Sommes Fiers de Toi 

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Congratulations are in order! Francis Ngannou is the new heavyweight champion of the world.

Meet Francis Ngannou, The Winner And The New Heavyweight Champion Of The World.

 

Francis Ngannou in Ceek 4D Headphones

The speculations before the UFC Heavyweight Champion fight has actually came to pass, most people were predicting and putting their money on Francis Ngannou and he didn’t disappoint.

Francis Ngannou heading to the ring in Ceek 4D Headphones

 

He has become the third African to win the title, previous winners are Nigerian-American Kamaru Usman and Nigerian New Zealand born Israel Adesanya

The Winner And The New Heavyweight Champion Of The World Francis Ngannou

Francis Ngannou’s aim was to take the belt home and he did.

What a knockout!

The first round was somehow brutal, however, the second round was even more painful and difficult watch.

Stipe Miocic might have suspected after few punches from the first round that this time around Francis Ngannou came well prepared.

Francis Ngannou is very proud and happy after his UFC bout with Miocic, it meant a lot to him because he lost the belt to Stipe 3 years ago.

This fight was not only a revenge fight, it also goes to show that, when one is well prepared, focused and determined everything is possible at the right time

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His game plan going into the fight was to remain relaxed and maintain his composure though out the fight and he definitely executed this plan well. 
 
Francis Ngannou appreciate the fact that it was a long journey towards winning  the championship as he feels it made the win more rewarding. 
 
He does not believe a Trilogy fight is necessary, however, would still be willing to take a third fight Ngannou wants to use his victory to inspire young African children and teach them the benefits of hard work and perseverance.
 
Being a champion means a lot to him as he can prove people wrong from his childhood who believed he wouldn’t amount to anything. 
Ngannou plans to take some time to rest after this fight after such a strenuous training camp but will be ready to get back by August.
‘You can only hold yourself accountable for not trying, but if you do try and still don’t succeed, it is not your fault~Francis Ngannou

What a match!

Who did you predict will win? Francis Ngannou or Stipe Miocic? Drop your comments  below

HUGE Congrats to Francis Ngannou nous sommes fiers de toi

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The most anticipated fight is finally here in 2 days time!

Francis Ngannou vs Stipe Miocic  who are you rooting for?

On Saturday March 27, Francis Ngannou will be competing in a rematch for UFC heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic who is the reigning champion.

 

The two heavyweight champions fought in January 2018. The match ended in favour of Stipe Miocic through an unanimous decision.

Francis Ngannou arriving at the UFC 260 Press Conference

In the just ended  pre-fight discussion saw the fighters expressing their thoughts and expectations for the match to the media.

Commenting on the last fight with Stipe Miocic which he lost, Francis Ngannou admitted that Stipe was a better fighter than him  because there were several mistakes which made.

 

‘When I look at that fight, I hate watchin that fight because I don’t recognize myself..When I look at that fight, I do not recognise myself. The way that I fought, that’s not me. That fight helped me to understand and experience a lot of things, things I will get right in this one.’ ~ Francis Ngannou

Francis Ngannou at the UFC 260 Press Conference

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Francis Ngannou is optimistic  thato do a better job this time around because he and his team have invested a lot of time and have prepared thoroughly.

 He has put lots of work in his wrestling, jiu-jitsu as well as striking and he that he has improved a lot.

He has mastered his skills and have no doubt about him winning the title from his opponent, Stipe the reigning champion because has evolved and now a better fighter.

“I might be 34 years old but I believe that I’m very young in the sports and have a lot of place to grow”~Francis Ngannou

Francis Ngannou has support from around the world especially  from all the African community  yes we are all rooting for Francis Ngannou!

Bonne Chance Dans Votre Combat  François 

Photo Credit: Francis Ngannou | UFC 260 Press Conference

 

Francis Ngannou is a Heavyweight Mixed Martial Arts Champion who hails from Cameroon. He was born in September, 1986 in Batié, a village located in the western province of Cameroon.

 

Raised in the same village, Francis Ngannou went through the roughest road in life due to financial constraints which even affected his education. He was just six years old when he went to live with extended relatives.

 

The precarious situation made him find himself on the path of life where he had to hustle and make ends meet as well as being independent at an early age. Hence, he took his debut job at the age of 10 in a sand quarry in his hometown, Batié to support himself.

 

Francis Ngannou’s interest in boxing began when he had an in-depth analysis about his father’s image, in the village at the time and realised he could turn his father’s  reputation as a street fighter into something positive by pursuing a job in boxing.

In the beginning of his intended career path as a boxer, his family were somehow ambivalent about it but he stood on firm grounds to pursue his dream.

 

He started engaging in trainings with a small club in Douala city, Cameroon at age 22. His strong and eminent passion for boxing made him auctioned all that he owned to buy his sports outfits and equipment to help fulfil his vision as an internationally recognised boxer.

He decided to migrate to France’s capital Paris, to pursue professional boxing at the age of 26. Didier Carmont who was ready to help him reach his full potential.

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He was advised by Carmont to rather venture into mixed martial art despite his original interest in boxing as a fan of Mike Tyson.

He then equipped himself with the skills and in August 2013 he began fighting for free under Fernand Lopez Owonyebe at a gym known as the MMA Factory.

Francis Ngannou was successful in almost all his fights when he started fighting as MMA in France.

His success earned him other regional promotions in Europe as well and in 2015, he made his professional debut under the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in the U.S which is the world’s largest MMA league.

Francis Ngannou is one of the celebrities who give back to his community through his foundation Francis Ngannou Foundation helps the less privileged to make their dreams a reality.

 

‘The Francis Ngannou Foundation is to provide the children of Cameroon with the skills to expand their horizons and realize their dreams’~ Francis Ngannou

Francis Ngannou set to fight with Stipe Miocic in a months time on ESPN PLUS

 

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We are huge fans of African Celebrities who give back the their communities. Join us in wishing our Celeb of the day Cameroonian/French professional mixed martial artist Heavyweight fighter Francis Ngannou an blessed Happy Birthday! 

Francis Ngannou started working at the age of 10… He started engaging in trainings with a small club in Douala city, Cameroon at age 22.

His passion for boxing made him auctioned all that he owned to buy his sports outfits and equipment to help fulfil his vision as an internationally recognised boxer.

Because of his childhood experience of knowing how difficult it is for some children in Cameroon he decided to help make their dreams a reality

There’s nothing more rewarding than giving back and making a difference in the lives of people

Aspiring to provide the opportunity to fight for good and open doors his community,  Francis Ngannou founded a Charity Organisation ‘Francis Ngannou Foundation’ to help the underprivileged children in Cameroon.

Francis Ngannou Foundation – Batié Cameroon 🇨🇲

The MMA gym is one of the project serving the main purpose of the foundation through training. The gym was regarded as the first well-built facility with all the necessary sports equipment in Cameroon.

The provision of quality facilities has helped a lot of youth in Cameroon to follow their dreams of combat sports through holistic coaching and experience

 Be it in a form of money or time, one of the most important and precious things anyone can do is to give back

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He decided to channel the course more into sports because he believes sports has a huge impact on people’s outlook- and outcome like he experienced.

Therefore, providing similar opportunity he embraced in his trying days seeking to achieve his dreams for the young adult in Cameroon sounded the best.

God loves a cheerful giver

He’s done a phenomenal job through his foundation and has helped with the discovery of skills by teaching the fundamental lessons of sportsmanship.

The foundation looks forward to expand trainings in sports like Judo, Boxing, Karate, MMA, and Kickboxing.

For more information on Francis Ngannou Foundation Visit

Join African Celebs in wishing Francis Ngannou Bon Anniversaire! 🎁 

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Mixed martial artist A.J. McKee has won against Patricio Pitbull. The Bellator featherweight fighter won the fight by strategically heading kicking, outside leg kicking and choking Pitbull in the first round at just 1 minute, 57 seconds..

In the Bellator 263 main event with $1 million up for grabs, the 26-years-old Long Beach native entered the cage as undefeated in his previous 17 fights but no one in the packed “Forum” in Los Angeles really expected to see him defeat “Pitbull” that easily.

The two fighters entered the arena to opposite receptions. McKee, who grew up just miles from the arena, walked out first to raining applause from the local fans. The reigning champion, “Pitbull”, was welcomed with harsh boos.

After just over 90 seconds in the fight, AJ landed a left head kick followed by a couple of punches which dropped “Pitbull” to the floor. McKee prematurely started celebrating but referee Mike Beltran told him to fight on. So McKee did just that grabbing “Pitbull” in a guillotine choke with both of them standing until “Pitbull” appeared to go unconscious. At that point, the referee stepped in and stopped the fight.

During the press conference after the fight, A.J. McKee said 

”I sold more tickets than I got paid,.. I knew this whole arena was there for me. It’s just phenomenal to have that much support.  It was just surreal, man, to have all those people behind there. To do it not just for you, yourself and your family, but for the city.’

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A.J. McKee has been seen rocking his Ceek 4D Headphones, days  before his win. the Bellator Featherweight Champion took to his socials with the image below to announce his partnership with Virtual Reality Streaming platform Ceek saying

 

”Super excited to announce my partnership with @ceekvr where dreams become reality!!!Virtual reality is the future, count on it!! Btw the headphones give you a 360 surround sound feel🔥 pick up a pair today and check it out yourself 🙌🏾💪🏾#youwontbedisappointed”

AJ McKee in Ceek 4D Headphones and Headset

 

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This was McKee’s 18th consecutive Bellator win and certainly the biggest one in his career. He also holds the record for most submission wins in Bellator featherweight history (six) and the most stoppages in the Bellator 145-pound division ever (13).

Prior to this fight, “Pitbull” had been finished just once before in his MMA career, and it was due to a leg injury in 2016 against Benson Henderson.

Patricio Pitbull confirmed at the news conference that it just wasn’t his day ‘ Today was a bad day’ and congratulated A.J Mckee for being a good fighter.

Prior to this fight, “Pitbull” had been finished just once before in his MMA career, and it was due to a leg injury in 2016 against Benson Henderson.

“Pitbull” now has a 32-5 record. He was on a seven-fight winning streak and had won 15 of 17 overall. The Brazilian has the most wins (20) and most title fight wins (10) in Bellator history and is consider being the face of the franchise. The 34-years-old is a two-time Bellator featherweight champion with seven successful title defenses in the division.

Both McKee and “Pitbull” entered the fight being tied for most stoppage victories in Bellator featherweight history with 12 each.

Since the moment McKee stepped in the Bellator he was calling “Pitbull” out and wanted to fight him. Six years later, he finally got his chance, and he couldn’t have used it in a better way. McKee has looked almost untouchable in his rise to Bellator stardom, but many were questioning his greatness since he hadn’t faced an opponent as ferocious as “Pitbull”.

Prior to the fight, things were heated between the two and they had to be physically separated during the pre-fight press conference.

 

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“Pitbull” was angry at McKee’s father Antonio who himself was an established MMA fighter and now serves as his son’s coach. In an interview a month ago the elder McKee brought up the very sensitive topic  that didn’t sit down well with Pitbull

What bothered “Pitbull” more than anything, and what he attributes to his aggressive behavior on stage, was the comment made by AJ McKee that he would beat the Brazilian in front of his wife and kids.

“Pitbull” found these words disrespectful and said that he is going to beat McKee in front of his father in his hometown.

After what happened in LA on Saturday night, the Bellator has its new king. McKee went out and did his thing against the legend of the sport. That puts the young American at the top of Bellator and his career from now on will go sky-high.

“Pitbull” on the other hand, still holds a lot of Bellator records and it will take more than one loss to bring him down. Despite being 34, he has a lot of fighting left in the tank and whoever decides to sign him off may regret it.

He has been training very hard get to where he is now. His prep for the big fight comprised of hyping himself up by using the Ceek 4D headphones religiously. He was seen with the headphones all around. The sound system is excellent for tuning into your music and entering your own world

 

 

A.J. McKee’s hard work paid off last night making him the current Bellator Featherweight Champion and 1 millions richer. Congregations are on order!

Mckee is looking forward to fighting with Floyd Mayweather one day

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The African image has been projected on the map of mixed martial arts through the above greatest fighters hailing from the continent.

Nigerian-American MMA artist Kamaru Usman became the first African to win the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title for the welterweight category.

Nicknamed “the Nigerian nightmare” under the blessing of former Nigerian-American footballer Christian Okoye, Usman dominated his opponent UFC champion, Tyron Woodley in 2019 for the groundbreaking record as the first African born fighter to become the new UFC champion.

Born on May 11, 1987 in Nigeria, Usman grew up in Nigeria and then moved to Texas at age seven when his parent migrated to the US.

He began fighting in high school when he developed interest in wrestling.

He participated in several competitions at the prime of his wrestling career in high school where he placed third at the Texas State Championship.

Not looking back, he went through immense tutelage which saw him won a national title while in the university of Nebraska at Kearney in 2010.

Following couple of competitions after his first professional appearance in MMA in 2012, he qualified to join the ultimate fight in 2015.

Since then, he has been dominating in over champions like Michael Graves, Steve Carl, Haydar Hassan, Leaone Edwards all in 2015.

From 2016 t0 2018, he also won against ultimate fighters including Alexander Yakovlev, Warlley Alves, Sean Strickland, Sérgio Moraes, Emil Weber Meek and Rafael dos Anjos.

Usman defended his UFC welterweight title in 2020 but is set to have a rematch with his opponent Jorge Masvidal for the UFC Welterweight Championship in April 24.

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The next to make Africa proud is Israel Adesanya, UFC Middleweight Champion. 

When he was a little above nine years his parents traveled to Ghana and he spent close to ten months with his family in Ghana.

At the age of ten, his family moved to New Zealand.  After completing tertiary, he was inspired by the Muay Thai film, Ong-Bak and began a training in kickboxing when he was 18years.

He became a professional fighter in china and then moved to Auckland, New Zealand to focus on MMA at the age of 21.

 

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There, he trained with upcoming UFC fighters like Dan Hooker, Kai Kara-France and Alexander Volkanovski. His first fight as a mixed martial artist was in 2012 which he  won against his competitors.

He officially joined UFC in 2017 and fought for the first time in February 2018 with Rob Wilkinson and won. In February 2019, he faced UFC former middleweight champion Anderson Silva and won.

He became the second African to win UFC after a phenomenal win over Kelvin Gastelum

Adesanya has been able to defend his title as UFC Middleweight Champion till now. Nonetheless, for the first time, he lost to Jan Błachowicz in recent match for the UFC Lightweight Championship in March 06.

 

The third African born UFC champion and the current world champion is  Francis Ngannou.

He won against the long-time UFC defending heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic over the weekend in the second round of the main event.

The Cameroonian has been hailed by super stars across Africa for his immeasurable effort to bag the new title from his opponent.

Born September 05,1986 in Batié, Cameroon, Francis Ngannou realised his passion for boxing at a very young age.

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He then moved to France to develop his boxing skills but had to change to mixed martial arts after encountering MMA, Didier Carmont.  Ngannou was successful in almost all his fights when he started fighting as MMA in France…

Photo credit ; Kamaru Usman | Israel Adesanya | Francis Ngannou (Instagram) 

 

The Dinka people of South Sudan are believed to be the tallest in Africa. Today, this African race in its more or less pure form lives mainly in the southern Sudan and surrounding areas.

In the case of some Sudanese tribes, a sample from the 1950s estimated the average male height to be 6ft’ 4” while women of 1.8 m (6 ft).

The most famous group and more racially preserved of the Sudanese race are the Nilotic tribes (from Upper Nile area).

The most famous are Maasai, Turkana, Samburu and Dinka, whose main occupation is animal husbandry.  Dinka people do not eat during daytime.

In the evening, the family gathers around the fire to eat milk, fish, cooked water tubers, vegetables and rarely goat meat… 

Here are some of the few tallest people we’re constantly crushing on 😊in no particular order

 

Former miss earth South Sudan  Aheu Deng  is 6′ 5”

 

Meet Congolese American Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques aka  Dikembe Mutombo 

 Dikembe ((Height: 7′ 2″) is a retired basketball player who use to play for the Houston Rockets of the NBA….

Dikembe Mutombo is a well known humanitarian in his native DR Congo.

He started the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation to improve the living conditions in his country…  he received the Goodermote humanitarian Award for his relentless efforts to reduce polio globally and improve the health of the neglected and undeserved populations in his country…

 

The Stunning and gorgeous Australian female professional basketball player Elizabeth Cambage, (Height 6′ 8″)

 

 American professional basketball Brittney Griner is 6ft 8 

Luol Deng of the Minnesota Timberwolves is originally from Wau in South Sudan (Height: 6ft. 9 inches).  

American professional basketball Glory Johnson  is 6ft 3′

 
Award winning Nigerian born British artist, Oladapo Fagbenle, popularly known as Daps, (Height: 6′ 9″) is a former NCAA athlete, now a video director Daps is known for directing best music videos for recording artists such as Migos, Davido, Wizkid Plug Walk, Stormzy, Kendrick Lamar, Afeez Agoro of Nigeria 7ft…
Francis Ngannou is a Heavyweight Mixed Martial Arts Champion who hails from Cameroon.
The precarious situation made him find himself on the path of life where he had to hustle and make ends meet as well as being independent at an early age. Hence, he took his debut job at the age of 10 in a sand quarry in his hometown, Batié to support himself.

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Famous NBA Player Michael Jordan is  6′ 6′

Twins: Nigerian-American Chinenye and Nneka Ogwumike. Nneka is 6.2ft tall. Chinenye is 6.3ft tall

Chinenye Ogwumike (6.3ft) is an WNBA player and  the president of the WNBPA

Nneka Ogwumike  plays for the Los Angeles Sparks (6.2ft)

 Stunning Lebanon beauty Nadine Abdel Aziz 

WNBA Atlanta Dream Center Star Imani McGee-Stafford

Bismack Biyombo is a Congolese professional basketball player, this NBA center is 6.9ft. Biyombo comes from a huge family  and has about 7 siblings (very common in Africa) he speaks more than 4 languages: Swahili, English, Spanish, French.

 

Famous NBA Player Michael Jordan is  6′ 8

 

 The Tallest man that ever lived Robert Wadlow (USA), born in 1918. At 8 ft 11.1 

Other Tall People in the World include: Cheo Abi Olajuwon Nigerian is 6.4ft tall WNBA Player. Aisha Mohammed, she’s 6.3ft tall, Nigerian Foluke Atinuke Akinradewo, Mari Malek, Keisha van Kleef-Bolton  6 ft.5 and Wilco van Kleef-Bolton 6.ft 9

Shanelle Nyasiase, Nykhor Paul, She’s 6.2ft tall, Gabriel Estevao Monjane, Tallest African from Mozambique 8ft, Nyakim Gatwech, Adut Akech, Jackson Kipkirui Koskei, of Kenya 7ft 3 inches, 

Holly Burt has the longest legs in America 6ft.5′

Manute Bol: With a height of 7 ft 7 inches, he is one of the tallest NBA players. His family is of the ethnic group Dinka known for being exceptionally tall, so there wasn’t a family member under 6 ft 8 inches. I

nitially playing for Cleveland State University, he joined the 1985 NBA Draft and was drafted by the Washington Bullets. Between 1985 and 1997, he was traded back and forth between Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat. Following the diagnosis of rheumatism, he had to retire in 1998.

He passed away in 2010 due to acute kidney failure, but left a great legacy as an inspiration for young sportsmen in Sudan

Now if you will excuse us, we’re off to look for some high heels we can’t afford to be left out!

 

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