Born in Harlem, New York, son of Lanciné and Aminata Johnson, who both emigrated from Côte d’Ivoire, but whose grandparents were born and raised in Mali, the Orlando Magic pivot Mohamed Bamba, 22, could wear the colours of the Elephants at the 30th edition of the men’s Afrobasket, in Kigali (Rwanda), from 24 August to 5 September 2021.
Côte d’Ivoire wants to recover the Ivorian pivot of the Orlando Magic, to defend the national colours. It is within this framework that the president of the Ivorian Basketball Federation (FIBB), Mahama Coulibaly, received the father of the 22-year-old basketball player, Lanciné Bamba, in the company of the Director of Cabinet of the Prime Minister, Ahoutou Koffi.
During their meeting, which was visibly very fruitful, Lanciné Bamba reaffirmed his Ivorian nationality and that of his son, Mohamed, current rising star of the North American championship. Thus, the president of the FIBB, Mahama Coulibaly, showed his desire to see Mo. Bamba join the ranks of the Elephants of Côte d’Ivoire, which participate in the men’s Afrobasket in Kigali, Rwanda, from August 24 to September 5, 2021.
In addition, the president of the Ivorian Basketball Federation also wished to see Mohamed Bamba contribute to the federal program « Give Back Basket », which consists of helping basketball stars to give back to Ivorian youth a part of what the discipline has given them. And this, through a programme that combines social, education and sport.
Moreover, the Ivorian Basketball Federation is planning a joint action with Mo. Bamba to the Ivorian youth and local basketball. An activity to which contributes Mamadou Haïdara, Ambassador of Côte d’Ivoire in the United States, adviser to the president of the FIBB and one of the major actors of this program at the heart of the actions of the governing body of Ivorian basketball.