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CAIRO, Egypt, April 7, 2022/ — Six Nile Conference Teams Feature 78 Players from 12 Countries Across Africa and the U.S., Including Two Former NBA Players; Nile Conference Opener Will Feature Defending BAL Champion Zamalek of Egypt Taking on South Sudan’s Cobra Sport at Hassan Moustafa Indoor Sports Complex in Cairo 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; Tickets for Nile Conference Group Phase and Fan Zone Experience in Cairo from April 9-19 On Sale Now at NBA.com/BAL.

The Basketball Africa League (BAL) today unveiled the rosters of the six teams (https://bit.ly/3DNXqFO) 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 (the 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.

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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 (https://on.NBA.com/3KlaBkb) 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:

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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.

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*Rosters are subject to change

View Basketball Africa League 2022 Nile Conference Rosters: (https://on.NBA.com/36Uz6WZ)

About the BAL
The BAL, a partnership between the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the NBA, is a new professional league featuring 12 club teams from across Africa.  The BAL, which is headquartered in Dakar, Senegal, builds on the foundation of club competitions FIBA Regional Office Africa has organized in Africa and marks the NBA’s first collaboration to operate a league outside North America. 

Fans can follow the BAL @theBAL on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and register their interest in receiving more information at www.theBAL.com.

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