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After three hours sleep, we are woken by Bashir from DHL, enthusiasm bursting down the telephone line.

Bashir from DHL SenegalBashir from DHL Senegal

Bashir soon becomes our trusted confidante, helping The Ball in any way he can. A well-travelled Senegalese man, he studied in America but decided to return home after Senegal upset France in the 2002 World Cup opening game.
“I bought a ticket right after the game, and got my ass home. It was awesome.”

He realised that this country is where he wants to be based. It is his home. Since returning, he has travelled all over Africa. Now he’s very happy as sales manager at DHL in Dakar. A company, he says, that has human values that he believes in.

Service with a smile at DHL DakarService with a smile at DHL Dakar
The Ball meets the friendly staff at DHL DakarThe Ball meets the friendly staff at DHL Dakar

DHL will feature frequently in this story from now on as they are The Ball’s logistics partner in sub-Saharan Africa. They are organising most of our travel and many of the relationships with officialdom on our behalf. We are delighted to be working with them.

Written by on Saturday, March 6th, 2010

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