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NBA to start African basketball league with 12 teams from several countries, including Nigeria

The NBA is launching a professional basketball league in Africa that will feature 12 teams from several countries across the continent.
The league will debut next year, and will be referred to as the Basketball Africa League.
It will include teams from several African countries, including Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia. The NBA announced its plan along with International Basketball Federation, and will conduct qualification tournaments later this year. While there are several basketball teams across Africa, a pro league will unify them under one umbrella and provide resources and visibility.
"The Basketball Africa League is an important next step in our continued development of the game of basketball in Africa," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement Saturday. "Combined with our other programs on the continent, we are committed to using basketball as an economic engine to create new opportunities in sports, media and technology across Africa."
Former President Barack Obama applauded the announcement.



Culled From CNN.


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