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FIBA Africa Executive Director Alphonse Bile has highlighted what Africa needs to maximize its enormous talent to popularize basketball on the continent.

He did this in an interview on Basketball Africa League (BAL) Hang Time recently and touched on several matters concerning the continental league.

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The BAL was scheduled to commence in March but the spread of the corona virus meant the start date had to be indefinitely suspended.

However, Bile in his interview is focused on the potential of the league to spearhead basketball’s growth in Africa.

Ghana’s Braves of Customs v Pythons in the 2019 Basketball Africa League qualifiers Photo Courtesy:

“Africa is full of talent, what we need is structures, manpower and resources. If we become professional, clubs will become more reliable and independent structures, and basketball would develop faster on each country, even if there is only one representative for the BAL” he said.

BAL is a partnership between Africa’s basketball governing body-FIBA Africa- and the NBA and 12 teams have qualified to compete in the maiden edition.

Guard Jeffrey Djimate in action for Braves in BAL qualifiers. Photo Courtesy:

Bile also highlighted the immense role the NBA would play in the league stating, “Because the NBA leads the way. I think African basketball will take off”.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YaMintYM on Twitter


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