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A member of the Malian women's basketball team seen through the hoop - Rhodri Jones | Panos Pictures

A member of the Malian women's basketball team seen through the hoop - Rhodri Jones | Panos Pictures

Basketball is growing in popularity as a sport – though it has a long way to go to catch up with football. It has, however, been an All Africa Game event since the first All Africa competition in Brazzaville in 1965.

Keen to boost passion for the game on the continent, the National Basketball Association (NBA) opened its first African office, based in Johannesburg, in 2010.

Nigeria – popularly known as D’Tigers – and Tunisia qualified for the men’s basketball at the 2012 Olympics. Angola qualified for the women’s competition.

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Lilly Peel

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08/02/2012

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