Basketball booms in Africa.

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America's famous National Basketball Association (NBA) league is coming to Africa next year, with the launch of the first NBA-affiliated regional league.

The Basketball Africa League (BAL), a partnership between the NBA and the international basketball governing body FIBA, is set to launch in January 2020, with a qualification tournament scheduled this year.

12 teams from 9 countries including Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa are set to make up the league.

The NBA's African equivalent has been talked up by many personalities including Didier Drogba and Barack Obama. The former US President featured heavily in a promotional video by the NBA to promote basketball in Africa.

The NBA has been involved with Africa since 2001, in a...

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