Anibal Aurelio Manave has been elected as FIBA Africa President following recent elections conducted in the Malian capital, Bamako.
The former player, coach and President of Mozambique’s Basketball Federation has vast experience gathered from all fronts of the sport. He served as Mozambique Federation President from 1997 to 2005.
This adds to another major office Manave will occupy in the foreseeable future following his appointment as Board President for the upcoming Basketball Africa League (BAL).
The BAL is a joint initiative between FIBA and the NBA where top African teams will compete in a league format beginning next year.
He will serve as President from 2019 to 2023 during the mandated four year term. He replaces Hamane Niang who served as the continent’s head from 2014.
“I am honored and privileged to serve FIBA Africa. I am aware of the great responsibility I have to face, since FIBA Africa has many challenges” Manave said to FIBA.
His election was the highlight of elections held in Bamako over the past weekend that also had Abdellatif Hatim voted as Communications and Media Council Head.
Members of FIBA’s top brass including President Horacio Muratore and General Secretary Andreas Zagklis were present to witness the elections.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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