FIBA Africa President Manave (middle)

FIBA Africa president Anibal Manave has stated emphatically his outfit will strive very hard to ensure the Basketball Africa League (BAL) inaugural season takes place this year.

He made the statement in an interview with FIBA as authorities continue to draw up plans ahead of a possible start following the league’s suspension over the corona virus pandemic.

FIBA Africa President Manave

The continental championship was due to commence in March this year but the virus forced BAL officials to suspend the competition indefinitely. At the time of writing, Africa has recorded over 50,000 cases of infection.

Manave who doubles as the BAL Board President said, “We’ll try to do everything in our power to make the Basketball Africa League a reality this year. We don’t want to cancel it. 
These teams should continue to believe in the BAL project.”

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12 teams from the likes of Senegal, Egypt, Nigeria, Angola and Morocco have qualified to compete in the NBA-FIBA competition and have been grouped in the Nile Conference and Sahara Conference with six teams in each group.

Morocco’s AS Sale (Red) and Nigeria’s Rivers Hoopers will compete in the BAL.

Petro de Luanda, Rivers Hoopers, AS Sale and Zamalek are among qualified teams.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter


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