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Why this African basketball league is “bigger than basketball”

Why this African basketball league is “bigger than basketball”

STAFF REPORTER, BIRD STORY AGENCY AMADOU Gallo Fall is in the car and the connection is lousy. He's on his way to pick up his young daughter and has made time in his hectic schedule to take a call while he drives. We switch to a direct call and the connection improves. The Basketball Africa League president is now based at the league's headquarters in Senegal, but Fall, 56, previously lived in Johannesburg as NBA Vice President and Managing Director for Africa. So he's comfortable driving and talking in the Johannesburg traffic. In fact, this is a man who is…
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Meet Africa’s Mr Basketball

Meet Africa’s Mr Basketball

BOITUMELO RANTAO FOR the majority of basketball players in Africa, their only hope of creating a career out of basketball is to seek a change of scenery and travel overseas. For others, basketball can be used to better the current situation by seizing opportunities to better schools that might have not been available before.  Football was known as the clear-cut favourite as Senegal’s No.1 sport, but the growing presence of basketball could not be ignored. Though hard to find the facilities, and at a time when courts were not readily available.  One youngster had just received a basketball from his…
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COVID-19 forces postponement of Basketball Africa League

COVID-19 forces postponement of Basketball Africa League

BOITUMELO RANTAO THE COVID-19 pandemic has forced Africa to defer its dream for a continental basketball league. Basketball Africa League (BAL) President, Amadou Gallo Fall, has announced the postponement of the inaugural season of the league to next year. Basketball Africa League (BAL) President, Amadou Gallo Fall Fall said that postponing the historic BAL tip-off,  which was scheduled for March this year, was a difficult, but necessary decision Fall.  “We had hoped to launch the league before the end of the year, and our hosts in Rwanda were excited and prepared,” he said.  Fall elaborated on the current state of…
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