SHEFFIELD (Julio Chitunda's African Message) - Ever since the inception of the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup in 2007, a number of players from Africa have made a tremendous splash in the tournament.
Although their teams have never reached the Quarter-Finals, individually, some players have left their fingerprints in the competition's history books.
As Egypt prepares to host the biennial event for the very first time on African soil next month (July 1-9), I will share with you how much impact Africa representatives have made in the tournament history.
Over the last decade, Egypt's trio of Assem Marei, Ahmed Khalaf and Amr Sherif Mohamed Abdelhalim, Mali's Waly Coulibaly, Miguel Kiala of Angola, and Nigerian Solomon Alabi had some eye-catching performances at FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup.
And here is why.
Amr Sherif Mohamed Abdelhalim
So I invited Coulibaly to share his experience of playing at FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup.
This is what he had to say about his FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup participation: "I was very excited about it after finishing with  U18 AfroBasket, I start getting ready for the World Cup practising morning and afternoon I was so excited you couldn't imagine.
"[Scoring 22 points against the USA] wasn't my best game with Mali Jersey but I will say my best game with Mali National team was in African cup when I put the team on my back to go to the final but unfortunately we lost against Nigeria. But I was ready to play against the USA because since we knew what was our group and the first game against USA I had my mindset prepared to play my heart off at that game.
"I knew we couldn't beat them but we gotta play hard as we can. At that time Steph [Curry], [Patrick] Beverley and DeAndre [Jordan] were in college. We didn't really know who they were until the moment we started seeing them in the NBA.
"That's awesome that Egypt are hosting the World Cup. The message I have for African teams is 'go there play your heart off because it's a lifetime opportunity you never know when your next World Cup will be. This is an opportunity for you to represent your country and show the world what you can do and what you can become in the future."
Angola, Egypt and Mali will be Africa's representative at FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2017 in Cairo.
By Julio Chitunda for FIBA.com