Ugo Udezue is a man on a mission His goal is to create a sports empire to rival one of the most lucrative and successful franchises in the world; the NBA. “I woke up one day and said, ‘I have to do something,'” Udezue told CNN. “Africa has the best talent in sports, look at, even Lebron James or Kevin Durant. Their lineage is from Africa.” The former basketball player and NBA agent is now CEO of the African Basketball League (ABL), which aims to promote the sport on the continent and discover and cultivate young talent.
The ABL is currently active in four countries with a total of six teams, but Udezue’s goal is to cover the continent. “In the next three years we’ll be in 20 countries in Africa,” he continued. “We want to create an opportunity for each individual franchise and each individual city to be a whole business entity that is profitable and can create jobs.”
10 Nov 15