Luanda – The chairperson of the Angolan Basketball Federation (FAB), Moniz Silva, has said he is confident that Petro de Luanda will win the African Basketball League, taking into account the potential of the Angolan representatives.

Speaking to Angop, ahead of the Angolan club’s first match, the FAB official said Petro are a strong and well-prepared squad led by a capable coach, who conveys confidence.

The team has been strengthened with hiring of a new player, the English power forward Ryan Richards, 2.08 meters tall.

Angola’s Petro de Luanda face Mali’s AS Police on Tuesday for the group B of the competition being held in Rwanda.

BAL is being jointly organized by FIBA-Africa and the NBA.

The tournament is being disputed by 12 teams, in three series, with eight teams going through to the second phase.

Angola’s 1º de Agosto are the current champions and most crowned African team with nine titles.

Source: Angola Press News Agency