D’tigress of Nigeria and Flammes Carolo Power Forward Evelyn Akhator has praised the initiative to bring Basketball to Africa, saying the game need to be promoted in the continent, OJBSPORT reports.
The Basketball Africa League was slated to commence in March, but was indefinitely postponed due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, the two time AFROBASKET champion in a chat with OJBSPORT was full of praise for the initiative, stating that there is need to promote the game, so that it will be indispensable in the continent.
“I’m glad NBA is coming to Africa but we still need to push it, we need to promote the game to the stage where it can’t be ignored, it’s only a matter of time.”
It will be recalled that the Basketball Africa League which was set to take place this year, was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, as announced by the President Amadou Gallo Fall.
The Basketball Africa League, is a partnership between FIBA and the National Basketball Association, The BAL builds on the foundation of club competitions FIBA has organized in Africa and marks the NBA’s first collaboration to operate a league outside North America.
The NBA had always played exhibitions in Africa, three of the previous four years.
The competition will include 12-team participating across the continent with teams from Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia, set to compete.
Rivers Hoopers basketball club, would have represented Nigeria in the tourney, had it be that the competition has gone as scheduled, after gaining qualification as NBBF President Cup champions.