Newly elected FIBA Africa President Anibal Manave has called on National Federations to “work hard” and together with the continental body to see to the development of basketball in Africa.

He made this call in the aftermath of his election as President for the next four years. His ascent to the top spot was confirmed this past weekend in Mali’s capital, Bamako in an Executive Council meeting.

Several personalities including new Communications and Media Council Head Abdellatif Hatim were into office for the next term.

Speaking to FIBA after he officially replaced Hamane Niang as FIBA Africa President, the Mozambican stated:

“National Federations look at us and expect support and better performance from us. To meet those objectives we need to be close, together, united and committed….. We need to work hard.”

Manave has served in various roles in basketball as a player, coach and former President of Mozambique’s Basketball Federation.

Prior to his election in Mali, he was named as President of the Basketball Africa League Board. The league is a joint initiative between FIBA and NBA.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter

President Manave (middle) Photo Courtesy: FIBA


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