Former NBA star Luol Deng has stated he is “honoured” to represent the Basketball Africa League (BAL) as a Global Ambassador in the aftermath of his appointment.
The South Sudan Basketball Federation President was appointed as Ambassador of the new continental competition on Tuesday, February 11 with the competition’s regular season due to commence in March this year.
Deng retired from playing basketball prior to the start of the ongoing NBA season after competing in the world’s best league for over a decade.
“I am honoured to represent the BAL as the league’s Global Ambassador. We have a tremendous amount of talent in Africa, and I am excited that some of that talent will be showcased through our new league” he said to GiveMeSport.
Despite representing Great Britain at the international level, Deng has been close to the nation of his birth-South Sudan- by running development programs in the country.
Deng played for Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers and was a two time NBA All Star.
The maiden season of the BAL has 12 teams from Africa competing.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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