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SuperSport to cover NBA’s historic Africa game

SuperSport, the pay-television broadcaster which operates in sub-Saharan Africa, will show live coverage of August’s National Basketball Association game in Johannesburg.

Announced yesterday (Wednesday) by the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), the league’s first game in Africa will take place at Ellis Park Arena when Team Africa takes on Team World in an exhibition match on August 1.

Team Africa will be made up of players from Africa and second generation African players, and will be captained by two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng of Miami Heat, who was born in South Sudan. NBPA president Chris Paul (pictured), of the Los Angeles Clippers, will captain Team World.

The NBA said the game will air live throughout Africa on SuperSport, the league’s rights-holder in the region.

SuperSport acting chief executive Brandon Foot said: “This great match-up could not have come at a better time for South Africa. I have no doubt that it will demonstrate the unifying nature of sport, particularly as a team from all four corners of Africa will play Team World.”