Basketball Africa League: Professional competition to launch in 2020
A professional league in Africa will start to be playing From Jan 2020 which will help to develop basketball in Africa and create economic opportunities. According to NBA
The FIBA plans to provide financial support and some infrastructure for the league to develop in Africa, as well as training for players, coaches and referees in collaborations with NBA, FIBA’s secretary general Andreas Zagklis said
“It’s a huge joy to see our partnership with the NBA enter uncharted territory as we work together for the first time to maximize the potential of professional basketball in Africa,”
Formal US president and a huge fan Barack Obama also appreciated the idea to extend the competition to Africa in which he is also expected to play a role said
“Through sport, if you put in effort, you will be rewarded,” Obama said through a video link at the unveiling of the new league.
The Basketball Africa League will be NBA’s first professional basketball league outside of North America but It still needs to be determined which of the existing club teams in Africa will be part of the league, and
I’ve always loved basketball because it’s about building a team that’s equal to more than the sum of its parts. Glad to see this expansion into Africa because for a rising continent, this can be about a lot more than what happens on the court. https://t.co/lghcLaUN9a
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 16, 2019
teams from Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia expected to be among those taking part, per ESPN. But No nation will be permitted to have more than two teams in the league.