The U.S.’s National Basketball Association is on a fast track to build a brand in soccer-crazy Africa. The NBA held its first game in Africa in August 2015.
Now it’s launching its first African basketball academy for boys and girls. This will be the NBA’s sixth academy globally. This is its latest move to unearth talent from outside the U.S. and extend the league’s reach into new territories. Amadou Gallo Fall, the NBA’s vice president for Africa, is originally from Senegal.
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Peter Pedroncelli, 8:20 am AFKI Original
The 2016 Olympic Games have been ongoing in Rio, with numerous African Olympians doing well throughout the multi-sport competition. In some cases these African-born sports stars have compete for their adopted countries after switching allegiance from the African country to their new home nation. Here are 12 Olympians who are not representing their African countries of birth at the Olympic Games in Rio.
Peter Pedroncelli, 10:00 am AFKI Original
The Rio 2016 Olympic Games are only days away, and Olympic contingents have been finalised. With strict qualification criteria applied to all of the disciplines in the multi-sport event, qualifying to take part is no easy feat, and large African teams going to Rio can be very proud of their achievements. We take a look at 12 of the African countries who are bringing large Olympic teams to Rio 2016.
Peter Pedroncelli, 5:31 am AFKI Original
With the 2016 Summer Olympics set to take place in Brazil this year, it is interesting to look back at the previous edition of the multi-sport competition to see how African countries performed in terms of their medal hauls. With this in mind, we take a look at the 10 African nations that earned medals during the 2012 Olympics in London.
Dana Sanchez, 2:58 pm
Basketball is popular in parts of West Africa but not so much in the rest of the continent. The NBA is trying to catch up with soccer, which dominates African sports. This is the largest partnership in NBA history in Africa. Mobile devices could help it reach fans on a continent where only a few have satellite or pay TV, but millions have mobile. An NBA Africa website will host an official fantasy game. Econet is a Zimbabwean telecom founded by Strive Masiyiwa, a vocal campaigner against corruption.
Peter Pedroncelli, 3:42 am AFKI Original
Africa is a sport mad part of the world, with the people of the African continent enjoying a variety of sports to watch or participate in, whether they are team sports or those practised by individuals. The love of fans on the continent for sports is clear in the passion that they exude when supporting their sports heroes or favourite teams. With this in mind, we take a look at the 8 most loved sports in Africa.
Staff, 1:34 am
Half of the 82-game 2015-16 NBA season has gone, and most of the nine Africa-born players look better than ever. And, as the race for the playoffs intensifies Festus Ezeli (Golden State), Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota), Bismack Biyombo (Toronto), Salah Mejri (Dallas), Luc Mbah a Moute (LA Clippers), Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City Thunder), Emmanuel Mudiay (Denver), Walter Tavares (Atlanta) and Luol Dieng (Miami) continue to thrive one way or the other.
Peter Pedroncelli, 8:20 am AFKI Original
The year 2015 has been provided African sports fans with numerous moments to be proud of, with many highlights that stand out after reflecting on the year that was. From title winning exploits to pioneering moments in various sports, Africa can look back on a positive year from many aspects. We gathered 10 highlights in African sport from the year 2015.
Keren Mikva and Peter Pedroncelli, 6:00 amAFKI Original
Basketball star Serge Ibaka has become known as one of the most dominating defensive players in the NBA, making his mark in the six years he has played for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Born and raised in the Republic of Congo, though he represents Spain, Ibaka had a difficult childhood, but used the hardships faced in his past to become one of the best players in the league. Here are 15 things you didn’t know about Serge Ibaka.
Peter Pedroncelli, 1:05 am
South African coastal city Durban was officially chosen as the host for the 2022 Commonwealth Games at Wednesday’s Federation general assembly in New Zealand. The Kwazulu Natal city became the only host bidder for the multi-sports competition following the withdrawal of Canada’s Edmonton in February, due to financial concerns.
Staff, 7:03 am
Nigeria on Sunday defeated Angola 74-65 in the AfroBasket 2015 Final in Rades – on the outskirts of Tunis – to clinch their first-ever continental championship title. Shooting guard Chamberlain Oguchi was rewarded for his impressive tournament and a huge individual performance in the Final by receiving the Most Valuable Player award.