HAMADY N’Diyae is glad to be back in Manila and is hoping to see Manny Pacquiao, his former coach in the PBA.
While the primary objective is trying to lift Senegal in its bid for an Olympic slot, N’Diyae would love to be able to talk again to Pacquiao, who was not only a coach to him but “an inspiration.”
“He is a senator now. We still have a game, and hopefully, more to go. Hopefully, I can get to see him again,” said N’Diyae, import for the Kia Carnival in the Governors Cup last season.
N’Diaye’s team started the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila on a losing note, suffering a loss to Canada on Wednesday night. The 29-year-old N’Diyae had four points and six rebounds for Senegal.
“I played for him (Pacquiao). He is an amazing person. Manny Pacquiao is actually an inspiration to me when I got here last year,” said N’Diyae.
“He talked to me and actually enjoyed our conversation. I can tell that he is an amazing guy inside and out. Personally, I can only be grateful and thankful that I was able to have that conversation with him,” said N’Diaye.