MAY 26 :: FIRST PRACTICE
DAKAR, Senegal (SMU) --- The SMU men's basketball team arrived in Dakar, Senegal, about 4:40 a.m. The first order of business, check into the hotel Savanah and get some sleep. Then lunch at 1 p.m., a little sight seeing and off to practice at Marius N'Diaye Stadium, which is the national stadium. The travels in and around Dakar included a drive by the Chamber of Commerce, the Presidential Palace, fishing areas and local vendors. The Mustangs finished the day with a team dinner.
The travel party you will see during the trip: Head Coach Matt Doherty, Professor Josephine Ryan (instructor Peoples of Africa), Dr. Vicki Hill (Director of the A-LEC), Associate Head Coach Milton Barnes, Assistant Coach Steve Lutz, Assistant Coach Malcolm Farmer, Trainer Zach McLeese, Strength and Conditioning Coach Chad Chronister, sophomore Papa Dia, junior Bamba Fall, junior Mouhammad Faye, sophomore Ryan Harp, sophomore Tomasz Kwiatkowski, sophomore Alex Malone, freshman Robert Nyakundi, sophomore Mike Walker, 2007-08 co-captain Jon Killen and 2007-08 co-captain Derrick Roberts.
The photo gallery above includes pictures from the hotel Savanah, lunch, travelling around Dakar, practice at Marius N'Diaye Stadium and dinner at La Fourchette. Enjoy!!
Tuesday is a trip to Goree Island (Door of no return) where the slaves were kept before being shipped to the Americas. Tuesday evening, the Mustangs will face the Senegalese National Team at Marius N'Diaye Stadium.
Blog - May 26
"That's just the way it is......"
Sounds like Bruce Hornsby's famous song......
We got into our rooms and settled in at approximately 7am today.......slept for about 5 hours and had lunch at approximately 1pm. Practice followed at approximately 3pm. Dinner was supposed to be at approximately 7:30, which turned into 8:30pm.
Notice the word "approximately" is used a lot in the above paragraph.
The culture in Senegal is laid back and on top of that the streets are crowded with pedestrians. Therefore, getting anywhere and doing anything on time is not likely to happen. This can be tough for us Type A's who want to control the world. However, we have adjusted accordingly. It is probably good for the soul from time to time to give up control.
First impressions of Senegal:
Tomorrow we tour Goree Island and the "Door of No Return". This is where the slaves were housed before they were shipped off to North and South America. This will be a tremendous education for all to see. Then we play the Senegal National Team in the evening.