Secretary General of basketball’s world governing body (FIBA) Andreas Zagklis has praised the appointment of Amadou Fall and Anibal Manave to the Basketball Africa League-BAL- in recent days.
Fall and Manave have been appointed President and Board President of the upcoming BAL in 2020 which is a FIBA-NBA project aimed at improving the popularity of basketball on the continent.
The BAL’s maiden edition will have 12 teams representing 12 nations on the continent with six league winning teams from countries like Angola, Egypt and Tunisia qualifying to the competition automatically.
Speaking to FIBA, Zagklis was effusive about the Fall and Manave’s appointment to head the new league indicating the pair will make the league happen.
“Following their (Fall and Manave) appointment, the BAL feels a lot closer to becoming a reality” he said to FIBA.com
Fall is a veteran administrator who is Managing Director of the NBA in Africa while Manave is the FIBA Africa Vice President. Both have served in multiple roles in the sport prior to their appointment.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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