By Uche Dozie

Football Writer,Nigeria.

Former Mali Sports Minister, Hamane Niang has been elected as the 13th International Basketball Federation (FIBA) president for 2019-2023 term.

He takes over from Mr Horacio Muratore, FIBA Americas President since 2009, who was unanimously elected as the 12th FIBA President on 29 August 2014 during the elective Congress in Sevilla, Spain.

Niang will be the second African to lead FIBA after Senegalese Abdoulaye Seye Moreau(1998-2002).

He was head of FIBA Africa from 2014 to 2019.

In 2005 he was appointed CEO of “la Malienne de l’Automobile”.

From 1999 to 2007, he was elected president of the Mali Basketball Federation before his appointment as Minister of Youth and Sports and Minister of Culture between 2007 and 2011.

From 2001 to 2014, Hamane Niang was president of the FIBA Africa Council for Finances. He was the eighth President in the FIBA Africa’s history since its creation in 1961.

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