NBA Managing Director for Africa Amadou Fall has described the upcoming Basketball Africa League (BAL) as the “missing link” for the NBA in Africa.
Fall’s statement was quoted by ESPN in the aftermath of his confirmation as President of the new continental league.
The League is set to commence in 2020 from March to May with 12 teams expected to play in the maiden edition at a yet to be determined central point.
Teams from 12 nations will play close to 40 games according to information reaching Basketballghana.com with Nigerian, Egyptian and Tunisian league winning sides earning automatic qualification.
Tagging BAL “the missing link, Fall added “We’re looking forward to now building the entire ecosystem…. and that is what we think the Basketball Africa League is going to allow us to do in continuing to provide tremendous young talent across the continent to showcase themselves.”
The BAL was announced earlier this year by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver during the All Star Weekend.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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