SMU Basketball - Tour d' Africa


Blog - May 25
Head Coach Matt Doherty

"Twas the Night Before......"


We are leaving Sunday at 8am from the Moody Coliseum parking lot. I can't believe it. This trip has been a year in the making and all the credit goes to Steve Orsini for allowing us to go on the trip and to Malcolm Farmer for the hard work he has put in planning this adventure!

Malcolm has had to plan this trip to Senegal and South Africa - visas, hotels, buses, games, per diem, laundry, tours, practices..... Try doing this with the language barrier and the time zone issues!

A lot goes into our trip. Thanks to Steve and Malcolm for making it come true.

Pony up!
Coach Doh

Heading to Dakar

Tour d' Africa: May 25 - Dallas to Dakar, Senegal Photo Gallery

The Mustangs adventure started with a travel day. The team met at Moody Coliseum at 7 a.m. and left for DFW airport at 8 a.m. The first leg of the trip is and just more than three-hour flight to Atlanta. Then a quick transition with only 45 minutes to change planes for the eight-hour flight to Dakar. With the time change, the team will land in Dakar just after 4 a.m. Senegal is the western-most country in Africa and is just five hours ahead of Dallas. The group will get to bed around 6:30 a.m. on Monday and then have a team meal at 1 p.m. before practice at 3 p.m.

May 18-24 - Preparation - Class & Practice
May 25 - Dallas to Dakar, Senegal
May 26 - First Practice
May 27 - Visit Goree Island
May 27 - Game 1 (Senegalese Nat. Team)
May 28 - Trip to St. Louis (Bamba/Papa's Home)
May 29 - Clinic 1: at SEEDS Academy
May 30 - Dakar to Johannesburg, South Africa
May 31 - Clinic 2: Vodacom Mandeville Indoor Centre
May 31 - Tour Pretoria (capital of S. Africa)
June 1 - Game 3: vs. South African National Team
June 2 - Tour Soweto
June 2 - Visit Lesedi Cultural Village
June 3 - Safari at Pilanesburg Nat. Park
June 4 - Game 4: South African Club Team
June 5 - Johannesburg, South Africa to Dallas