Dirk Nowitzki to serve as a captain in NBA Africa Game

Dirk Nowitzki to serve as a captain in NBA Africa Game

Sefolosha, an 11-year National Basketball Association veteran whose father was born in South Africa, joins Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks; Germany), Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets; U.S.), and Luol Deng (Los Angeles Lakers; South Sudan) as team captains.

It will be one wonderful show for this continent and its residents, and we have several new details connected with this event, which were revealed earlier this day.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Deng, a two-time NBA All-Star who was born in what is now South Sudan, is back after serving as Team Africa captain in a 2015 matchup at Johannesburg against a global squad.

Nowitzki and Walker will captain Team World, while Sefolosha and Deng are captains for Team Africa.

NBA Africa 2017 is a part of Basketball Without Borders program, and this will be its 15th edition. Walker will play in the exhibition in Africa only if he feels fully healed from that surgery.

Sefolosha, who is from Switzerland, has one parent who is from South Africa.

"I can't wait to make my first trip to Africa and join Dirk in leading Team World", Walker said. "It's great to see how the game is growing across the continent, and I'm honored to be a part of this historic event". Also, this game will be organized with the help of UNICEF, Nelson Mandela Foundation and SOS children's villages in South Africa.

Team World's full roster will be announced later this summer, but Nowitzki will team up with co-captains C.J. McCollum, of the Portland Trailblazers, and Kemba Walker, of the Charlotte Hornets.