Congo-born Charlotte Hornets centre Bismack Biyombo enjoying within the NBA
The Nationwide Basketball Affiliation and the Worldwide Basketball Federation are to launch knowledgeable league in Africa in January 2020.
The Basketball Africa League (BAL) will function 12 groups from not less than six African international locations.
Fiba Africa’s government director, Alphonse Bile, stated the league will assist gamers compete within the “absolute best surroundings”.
Charlotte Hornets’ Bismack Biyombo is one in all 13 African gamers within the NBA.
Bile stated: “The implementation of this league is important to our younger up-and-coming gamers in Africa because it provides them one thing to take purpose at.”
Fiba secretary normal Andreas Zagklis added: “It is an enormous pleasure to see our partnership with the NBA enter unchartered territory as we work collectively for the primary time to maximise the potential basketball in Africa.”
Former US president Barack Obama has backed the plans, whereas NBA legend Michael Jordan, who’s now the Charlotte Hornets chairman, was on the launch occasion in North Carolina.
Former US president Barack Obama tweeted his help for the brand new league
How will the league work?
The NBA and Fiba will conduct qualification tournaments to establish which groups from a number of African international locations, together with Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia, can compete within the league.
Not more than two groups from the identical nation might be eligible to play within the league.
The NBA has seen 80 present and former gamers from Africa or with household hyperlinks to the continent compete, together with Corridor of Famers Hakeem Olajuwon from Nigeria and Dikembe Mutombo from the Democratic Republic of Congo.