Papis Loves Boro
By Tom Jameson
Thursday 09 Feb 2012 10:19:00
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In the modern era of sports and egos, its refreshing to know Italian basketball star Papis Samb is not only happy in Middlesbrough, but loves the town.

A great credit from a native of one of the fashion capitals of the world; Milan. Fiero Leone (Proud Lion in Italian) Papis Samb was a summer signing for tadea Middlesbrough Lions and has been a big success on and off the court. The 6’4 Italian guard is a proud Middlesbrough man now and sings the praises of the town and the club whenever he returns to Milan.

The fans favourite is back in Italy this week and the first thing he did was to meet up with his daughter and give her a Lions jersey. Her present in return was a picture of a Lion she had drawn and judging by her artwork the 5 year old has a bright future ahead of her as an artist if not following in her fathers footsteps as a professional basketball player.

It is a great thing when a professional player comes to the area and not only adapts well to the different culture and surroundings but embraces them. On his flight home, one fan on facebook had jokingly added “dont forget to come back.” to which the 30 year old star replied “Sure I come back, I love Middlesbrough.”

Papis who came from one of the fashion capitals of the world in Milano was full of praise for Middlesbrough as a town, saying “Middlesbrough has many nice shops. One of my favourite shops is Psyche. I love the people, they are very friendly and I love our fans. I am very happy in Middlesbrough.”

It is refreshing, in the modern day of sports, to know that Middlesbrough can attract and maintain happy players of the calibre of Papis Samb and all indications are that the fifth top scorer in the league will be extending his contract with the club.Papis was signed with support from Heaven Scent Yankee Candles in Middlesbrough


(photo - Steve Brown)


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