As 2023 comes to a close, we recall the top 10 moments that shaped – one way or another – African basketball over the last twelve months.
From historic feats, a remarkable appointment to a senior managerial position to the shocking passing of a former African champion, 2023 was unique in its own way.
Kenya Shocks Egypt in 3×3 Africa Cup Final
In a remarkable upset, the Kenyan women’s 3×3 team clinched victory in the 2023 Women’s Africa Cup, stunning the favored Egyptians in their own backyard of Cairo. This historic win marks a significant milestone in Kenyan basketball, showcasing their tenacity and skill.
Al Ahly’s Dominance in BAL
Al Ahly Sporting Club of Egypt demonstrated their prowess by securing their first Basketball Africa League (BAL) title. Despite a narrow loss to Petro de Luanda, Al Ahly bounced back to claim the championship, reinforcing their status as a dominant force in African basketball.
Al Ahly’s International Achievement
Al Ahly made history again by becoming the first African team to triumph in a FIBA InterContinental game, overcoming the NBA G League’s Ignite. Their journey continued to the Semi-Finals, where they were narrowly defeated by China’s Golden Bulls.
Alexandria Sporting Club’s Double Triumph
The Alexandria Sporting Club etched their name in history by winning the newly launched Africa Women’s Basketball Africa League (AWBL), after having won the 2022 FIBA Africa Champions Cup. Their impressive 7-0 record in the AWBL further cements their position as a powerhouse in African women’s basketball.
Nigeria’s D’Tigresses Extend Their Reign
The Nigerian D’Tigresses continued their dominance in the Women’s AfroBasket, clinching their fourth consecutive title. Under new leadership and with fresh faces in the team, they maintained their unbeaten streak, a testament to their enduring excellence.
Guinea’s U16 Upset
In a surprising turn of events, Guinea’s U16 team toppled the favored Egyptians and Malians to win their first-ever FIBA U16 African Championship. This remarkable victory also secured them a spot in the 2024 FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup.
South Sudan’s Meteoric Rise
South Sudan emerged as the top-ranked African team, showing impressive form in the FIBA Basketball World Cup and securing a spot in the 2024 Paris Olympics. Their rapid ascent in world rankings highlights their growing prominence in the sport.
Clare Akamanzi’s Pioneering Role at NBA Africa
In a groundbreaking appointment, Clare Akamanzi became the first woman to helm NBA Africa. Her extensive experience in business and law is expected to bring fresh perspectives to the organization starting January 2024.
Adama Sanogo’s NCAA Milestone
Adama Sanogo made history as the first African-born player since Hakeem Olajuwon to earn the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player award. His stellar performance led the University of Connecticut to their fifth NCAA title.
Remembering Reggie Moore
The African basketball community mourned the passing of Reggie Moore, a key figure in Angolan and African basketball. His contributions to the sport were deeply acknowledged, both in Angola and the broader African basketball sphere.
Anibal Manave’s Re-election as FIBA Africa President
Anibal Manave was re-elected as FIBA Africa President, ready to tackle the challenges of his second term. His commitment to the growth of African basketball remains steadfast.
Morocco’s FIBA AfroCan Victory
Morocco celebrated a historic victory in the FIBA AfroCan, their first African basketball title in over fifty years, marking a significant achievement in their basketball history.