Henry Pwono in action for DR Congo Photo Courtesy: FIBA

Basketballghana.com gathers the Democratic Republic of Congo via the Ministry of Sports has signed a deal to have a 20,000 seating capacity multipurpose Arena built in the Central African nation in the coming years.

Recently, the Ministry signed the deal with representatives from Summa Company to have the edifice built according to popular Uganda Journalist Usher Komugisha. (Click highlighted text to view full tweet)

Summa Company is a construction firm that has constructed major projects all over the world; the Turkish firm has been active on the African continent putting up similar structures as the one DR Congo plans to have.

The company built the Dakar Arena in Senegal and built the BK formerly Kigali Arena; the two edifices have hosted the FIBA African Basketball Championship (AfroBasket) in the Male Division since they were opened.

Senegal’s Dakar Arena has a 15,000 seating capacity while the BK Arena seats 10,000 people; when constructed, the arena will be the largest in DRC and will match the seating capacity of the Ticket Pro Dome in South Africa and Egypt’s Cairo Hall.

DR Congo has a solid basketball history that has produced NBA Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo and recent NBA title winner Jonathan Kuminga. Congo has qualified to compete in the final phase of 2023 World Cup qualifiers.


By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter


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