Feb 17, 2019

Basketball Africa League: Professional competition to launch in 2020

The National Basketball Association and the International Basketball Federation are to launch a professional league in Africa in January 2020. The Basketball Africa League will feature 12 teams from at least six African countries. Charlotte Hornets' Bismack Biyombo is one of 13 African players in the NBA. Bile said: "The implementation of this league is vital to our young up-and-coming players in Africa as it gives them something to take aim at." Fiba secretary general Andreas Zagklis added: "It's a huge joy to see our partnership with the NBA enter unchartered territory as we work together for the first time to maximise the potential of professional basketball in Africa." The NBA and Fiba will conduct qualification tournaments to identify which teams from several African countries, including Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia, can compete in the league.

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