NBA and AFD cooperate to develop basketball in Africa (Part 1)

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the French Development Bank (AFD), France’s public development bank, are committed to sponsoring and providing technical assistance to projects. This will promote social inclusion by developing basketball infrastructure and implementing basketball programs, events and initiatives in Côte d’Ivoire, Morocco, Senegal, Nigeria and select other African countries.

The NBA and AFD plan to collaborate and expand their common and long-term commitment in Africa by investing in infrastructure development, providing basketball equipment and training for youth and coaches, and teaching life skills in some African countries.

The NBA and AFD also plan to provide resources for local organizations and community leaders focused on sustainable training, mentoring and leadership development. Their popular mobilization will aim to combine sports practice with educational training activities to raise youth awareness on issues including sustainable development, education, health and health, nationality, social inclusion, gender equality and entrepreneurship.

“We are excited to partner with the NBA in Africa, because sport and sustainable development is a natural match”, AFD CEO Rémy Rioux said. “Basketball is the second most popular sport on the continent, and it can be a powerful driver for sustainable development, addressing the unmet needs in urban development, education, create new opportunities for young Africans, increase the value of openness, tolerance and gender equality, and connect communities and people.”

Sport is now an essential part of AFD’s strategy and a major tool for sustainable development, especially in Africa, where half of AFD’s activities are concentrated. In its sports and development activities, AFD aims to promote community sports by supporting local initiatives, diversifying financial methods, and creating national partnerships and mobilize the private sector to develop a dynamic sports industry.

The NBA has a long history of engagement in Africa with 12 African players born on the NBA rankings at the beginning of the 2017-18 season. There are over 80 current and former NBA players from Africa or with direct family ties to the continent, including Naismith Hakeem Olajuwon Memorial Basketball Hall (Nigeria) and Dikembe Mutombo (Republic of the Republic) Congo owner).


Announcing the best NBA players in the Africa

In conjunction with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), the NBA has announced the list of players who participate in the annual Africa Game held between African players and the world.

The friendly match Africa Game was first held in 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

NBA Africa Game was first held in 2015

Africa Game is an event to celebrate the dedication of the colored community to the NBA as well as help spread and build more basketball culture to African countries. This is also considered one of the significant events, greatly affecting the basketball community.

Team Africa will consist of players from 54 African countries playing in the NBA. Meanwhile, the Team World will have the presence from many players around the planet, including the United States.

Dennis Schroder for Team Africa in 2017.

Key players in the African team

Luol Deng (Los Angeles Lakers, South Sudan), Ian Mahinmi (Washington Wizards, France, Benin descent), Al-Farouq Aminu (Portland Trail Blazers, USA., Nigerian origin), Bismack Biyombo (Charlotte Hornets, Congo), Cheick Diallo (New Orleans Pelicans, Mali), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers, Cameroon), Evan Fournier (Orlando Magic, France, Algerian descent), Serge Ibaka (Toronto Raptors, Congo), Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (Oklahoma City Thunder; France, descent Congo), and Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors, Cameroon).

Legendary Hia Hakeem Olajuwon and Dikembe Mutombo attended the event.

The World lineup for Africa Game 2018 includes as follows.

John Collins (Atlanta Hawks, USA), JaVale McGee (Lakers; USA), Dennis Smith Jr. (Dallas Mavericks; USA.), Marvin Williams (Hornets; USA), Harrison Barnes (Mavericks, USA), Danilo Gallinari (LA Clippers, Italy), Rudy Gay (San Antonio Spurs; USA), Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks; USA ), and Hassan Whiteside (Heat; USA.)

The man in charge of leading the African team is Juwan Howard, assistant manager of the Miami Heat. Bismack Biyombo and Joel Embiid are both Team Africa captains.

Meanwhile, San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina will lead Team World. Rudy Gay and Khris Middleton were both captains.


Bamako hosted the African mini basketball tournament 2019

Razzmatazz comes with mini basketball training that will attack Bamako when the FIBA ​​Africa mini basketball tournament 2019 is held from September 26-29.

The continental event will bring together about 400 children between the ages of 5-12, 32 coaches – including 20 locals – who are aiming to introduce and get members to take part in the discipline.

The forum, organized in collaboration with the International Basketball Organization (IBF), will be defined by creative roundtables, creative workshops and interesting games.

The four-day meeting will be held in sessions for young participants, where they will be able to play discipline with smaller balls while the height of tables and baskets is lowered.

The Bamako event will also culminate with a mini basketball tournament for children.

This forum is an important part of the FIBA ​​Africa development program and the strategic direction of the FIBA ​​for the 2019-2023 term.

It follows the actions led by IBF for the revival of Mini basketball on the continent through the Mini Basketball Forum held in Ifrane, Morocco in 2018 and Windhoek (Namibia) in 2019.

Federation representatives, coaches and coordinators will learn about specific training methods that arouse children’s interest but also inculcate key educational values ​​for course lovers. this sport.

The coaching clinics have been lined up for 30 coaches while the Mali Basketball Federation will send 20 local coordinators.

In these theoretical and practical conversations, delegates will be enlightened by experts on how to develop Mini basketball across the continent.

The Bamako event complies with FIBA ​​policy to ensure that discipline is enforced globally with countries applying the same rules.

The 2019 FIBA ​​African mini basketball conference is taking place in Mali where the effective base projects have been organized with the 18-year-old boys winning the 2018 FIBA ​​U18 Africa championship and will Impressed at the FIBA ​​U19 Basketball World Cup 2019 They were sensational, losing in the final against the United States.