Video on Demand (VoD) service Kwese Iflix has announced that the 2018 NBA Africa Game will be available for free to basketball fans across the continent via its mobile app. Kwese Free Sport will offer live virtual front-row seats to the game which takes place atthe Sun Arena in Time Square, Pretoria on 04 August. Several of the NBA’s basketball players have made their way to Pretoria as they get ready to compete in Team Africa vs. Team World game.
The NBA had also sponsored two sold-out African Games during 2015 and 2017 but they were held in Johannesburg. The funds from these exhibition games were used to support various charities including Nelson Mandela Foundation, UNICEF, SOS Children’s Villages South Africa (SOSCVSA), and Boys and Girls Clubs of South Africa.
Team Africa vs. Team World
The Team Africa vs. Team World format will be used again for this year’s game. Team Africawill be made up of players either born in Africa or with family ties to the continent. Team World meanwhile will be made up of players from a number of countries around the world.
Team Africa will include: Al-Farouq Aminu (Portland Trail Blazers/parents from Nigeria), Bismack Biyombo (Charlotte Hornets/Democratic Republic of the Congo), Luol Deng (Los Angeles Lakers/South Sudan), Cheick Diallo (New Orleans Pelicans/Mali), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers/Cameroon), Evan Fournier (Orlando Magic/parent from Algeria), Ian Mahinmi (Washington Wizards/parent from Benin), Serge Ibaka (Toronto Raptors/Republic of the Congo), Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (Oklahoma City Thunder/parent from Democratic Republic of the Congo), and Pascal Siakam (Raptors; Cameroon).
This will be the NBA’s third game on the continent. The exhibition game will be played to support the Nelson Mandela Foundation to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of former South Africa President and anti-apartheid political leader Nelson Mandela.
NBA Africa Game 2018 can be watched in sub-Saharan Africa via Kwese Sports 1, Kwese Free Sports, Kwese TV app, and Kwese’s partner free-to-air and pay-TV channels. Over 80 NBA athletes currently or formerly playing in the pro league are either from Africa or have family ties there. They include Naismith Memorial’s Hall of Famers Dikembe Mutombo (DR Congo) and Hakeem Olajuwon (Nigeria).