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Lamine Michel Savane-Basketball Africa League (BAL) Head of League Operations- has called for more basketball courts to be present in communities in Ghana.

He made this statement during his address at the Ghana Basketball Conference held on Wednesday, April 14 virtually on ZOOM to address matters affecting the sport’s development in Ghana. Savane spoke on building a basketball culture in Ghana.


BAL is a continental basketball tournament due to be held from May 16 to May 30 at the Kigali Arena, Rwanda with 12 teams representing 12 African countries competing; it is a partnership between the NBA and Africa’s Basketball governing body-FIBA Africa.

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While he pointed out the role a modern arena can play in the development of basketball, he was adamant having basketball court was very key in the development process.

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“It’s extremely important to get to grassroots basketball, to also have a strategy for communities because at the end of the day, the more basketball courts you have in the community, the more basketball will be close to the masses and this what’s going to allow the young man or the young lady in their neighbourhood to actually get into basketball” he stated.

Ghana’s Minister of Youth and Sports Mustapha Ussif spoke at the event.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter


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