Winning titles especially on the African continent takes time and real commitment from national federations according to multiple times African Champion Mario Palma.
The five time African Nations Championship (AfroBasket) winner’s statement was captured in FIBA’s Julio Chitunda piece on basketball coaching in Africa.
The two part piece also featured other accomplished Coaches on the continent including Senegal’s Cheick Sarr and Will Voight of Angola.
Angolan-Portuguese Coach Palma won four AfroBasket titles with Angola and Tunisia and has over a decade worth of experience coaching in Africa.
“Winning championships takes time and requires real commitment from the national federation” was his take on what it takes to coach at the top level on the continent.
Basketball in Africa is gaining popularity on the continent that has football as the most popular sport with initiatives like the Basketball Africa League (BAL) being launched in recent years.
The BAL has 12 club sides from several African countries set to compete; the corona virus pandemic has prevented the tournament from tipping off in March.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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