Ahead of Group Phase in Egypt: Basketball Africa League Unveils Nile Conference Rosters

* Each of the Nile Conference’s six teams, which come from six African countries, will have up to 13 players, at least


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Ahead of Group Phase in Egypt: Basketball Africa League Unveils Nile Conference Rosters


 

 

Each of the Nile Conference’s six teams, which come from six African countries, will have up to 13 players, at least eight of whom are citizens of their team’s home country

 
The Basketball Africa League, BAL, today, Thursday April 7, unveiled the rosters of the six teams that will compete in the league’s Nile Conference group phase at the Hassan Moustafa Indoor Sports Complex in Cairo, Egypt, which tips off Saturday, April 9 and runs through Tuesday, April 19. 

The six teams – BC Espoir Fukash (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Cape Town Tigers (South Africa), Cobra Sport (South Sudan), FAP (Cameroon), Petro de Luanda (Angola) and Zamalek (Egypt) – collectively feature 78 players from 12 countries across Africa and the U.S. 

In the Nile Conference opener, defending BAL champion Zamalek of Egypt will take on South Sudan’s Cobra Sport at 2:00 p.m. ET / 8:00 p.m. CAT on Canal+, ESPN Africa, ESPN+, Voice of America, the NBA App, NBA.com and NBA.com/BAL in the first of 15 games taking place in Cairo this month.  The top four teams from the Nile Conference will join the top four teams from the Sahara Conference – REG (Rwanda), US Monastir (Tunisia), AS Salé (Morocco) and S.L.A.C (Guinea) – in the 2022 BAL Playoffs, which will be held in Kigali, Rwanda, from May 21-28. 

The Nile Conference features two former NBA players: Jamel Artis (Cape Town Tigers; last played for the Orlando Magic) and Ike Diogu (Zamalek; last played for the San Antonio Spurs).  Diogu, the ninth overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, won the 2015 FIBA AfroBasket championship as a member of the Nigeria Men’s National Team and was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament in 2017.

Each of the Nile Conference’s six teams, which come from six African countries, will have up to 13 players, at least eight of whom are citizens of their respective team’s home country and up to four of whom are from other countries, with no more than two players per team from outside of Africa.  As part of the BAL Elevate  program, each team’s 13th roster spot is reserved for a prospects from NBA Academy Africa, an elite basketball training center in Saly, Senegal, for the top high-school age prospects from across Africa and the first of its kind on the continent.  Below are the six BAL Elevate players participating in the Nile Conference group phase:

Team
 

BAL Elevate Player
 

Hometown/Country
 

Age
 

Height
 

Position
 

BC Espoir Fukash
 

Emmanuel Eberechukwu Okorafor
 

Abia State, Nigeria
 

17
 

6’9
 

F
 

Cape Town Tigers
 

Matar Diop
 

Dakar, Senegal
 

18
 

6’8
 

F
 

Cobra Sport
 

Khaman Madit Maluach
 

Rumbek, South Sudan
 

15
 

7’0
 

F
 

FAP
 

Ulrich Kamka Chomche
 

Bafang, Cameroon
 

16
 

6’11
 

F
 

Petro de Luanda
 

Thierry Serge Darlan
 

Bangui, Central African Republic
 

18
 

6’6
 

SG
 

Zamalek
 

Khadim Rassoul Mboup
 

Dakar, Senegal
 

15
 

6’7
 

G
 

 

The Nile Conference group phase will feature 12 former NCAA Division I players, including five players with NBA G League experience:

 

Team
 

Player
 

Country
 

Last College/University
 

Cape Town Tigers
 

Billy Preston*
 

U.S.
 

Kansas
 

Cape Town Tigers
 

Myck Kabongo*
 

DRC/Canada
 

Texas
 

Cape Town Tigers
 

Jamel Artis*
 

U.S.
 

Pittsburgh
 

Cape Town Tigers
 

Peter Prinsloo
 

South Africa
 

Marist
 

FAP
 

Alexis Wangmene Mang-Ikri
 

Cameroon
 

Texas
 

FAP
 

Morman Deshaun Lamar
 

U.S.
 

Towson
 

Petro de Luanda
 

Yanick Moreira*
 

Angola
 

Southern Methodist
 

Zamalek
 

Anas Mahmoud
 

Egypt
 

Louisville
 

Zamalek
 

Mikhael McKinney*
 

U.S.
 

Sacramento State
 

Zamalek
 

Edgar Sosa
 

U.S.
 

Louisville
 

Zamalek
 

Ike Diogu
 

U.S./Nigeria
 

Arizona State
 

Zamalek
 

Darryl DJ Strawberry Jr.
 

U.S.
 

Maryland
 

 

*Players with NBA G League experience

The Nile Conference also features eight players who previously participated in Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Africa, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program for top prospects from across the continent that has seen 10 former campers drafted into the NBA, including five-time NBA All-Star Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2012) and 2019 NBA champion Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2011):

Team
 

Player
 

Country
 

BWB Experience
 

Cape Town Tigers
 

Igor Lunnemann
 

South Africa
 

BWB Africa 2018
 

Cape Town Tigers
 

Lebesa Selepe
 

South Africa
 

BWB Africa 2008 & 2010
 

Cape Town Tigers
 

Liam Reid
 

South Africa
 

BWB Africa 2014
 

Cape Town Tigers
 

Nkosinathi Festile
 

South Africa
 

BWB Africa 2011
 

FAP
 

Alexis Wangmene Mang-Ikri
 

Cameroon
 

BWB Africa 2004
 

FAP
 

Yanis Rene Charles Ndjonga
 

Cameroon
 

BWB Africa 2018
 

Petro de Luanda
 

Gerson Domingos
 

Angola
 

BWB Africa 2013
 

Petro de Luanda
 

Yanick Moreira
 

Angola
 

BWB Africa 2009
 

 

The 12 BAL teams have been divided into two conferences – the Sahara Conference and the Nile Conference.  Each conference plays a 15-game group phase during which each team faces the five other teams in its conference once.  The Sahara Conference group phase took place at the Dakar Arena in Dakar, Senegal from March 5-15.

 

 

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Basketball Africa League (BAL).

 



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