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Basketball Africa League To Tip Off Historic Inaugural Season In May

Basketball Africa League To Tip Off Historic Inaugural Season In

Basketball Africa League (BAL) President Amadou Gallo Fall, Rwanda President Paul Kagame, Rwanda Minister of Sport Aurore Mimosa Munyangaju, FIBA Africa and BAL Board President Anibal Manave, FIBA Africa Executive Director Alphonse Bilé, two-time NBA All-Star and South Sudan Basketball Federation President Luol Deng, and former NBA participant Olumide Oyedeji (Nigeria) following the announcement of the official BAL emblem (Credit: NBAE/Getty Images)

DAKAR, Senegal, March 29, 2021/ — The Basketball Africa League (BAL) right now introduced that the league’s historic inaugural season will tip off Sunday, May 16 on the Kigali Arena in Kigali, Rwanda, with 12 groups from throughout Africa competing within the new skilled league. The BAL, a partnership between the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) (, builds on the muse of membership competitions FIBA Regional Office Africa has organized on the continent and marks the NBA’s first collaboration to function a league outdoors of North America.  The first BAL Finals will probably be held Sunday, May 30.

The BAL will implement sturdy well being and security protocols for the 12 groups and personnel touring to Rwanda, primarily based on steering from the World Health Organization and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, with recommendation from public well being officers and medical consultants.

“We are thrilled that the inaugural Basketball Africa League season will take place at the world-class Kigali Arena,” mentioned BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall.  “Through the BAL, we will provide a platform for elite players from across the continent to showcase their talent and inspire fans of all ages, use basketball as an economic growth engine across Africa, and shine a light on Africa’s vibrant sporting culture.”


“We are extremely happy to finally launch the highly anticipated first season of the BAL,” mentioned FIBA Africa and BAL Board President Anibal Manave.  “FIBA and the NBA have been working closely together to develop protocols to address the health and safety of all players, coaches and officials.  The experience of hosting the FIBA AfroBasket 2021 Qualifiers in Rwanda late last year will contribute to a safe and successful inaugural BAL season.”

The league right now additionally introduced an adjusted competitors format for the inaugural season, which is able to characteristic a complete of 26 video games on the Kigali Arena.  The competitors will tip off with an 18-game group section with the 12 groups divided into three teams of 4.  During the group section, every workforce will face the three different groups in its group as soon as.  The prime eight groups from the group section will qualify for the playoffs, which will probably be single elimination in all three rounds.

Below are the 12 membership groups from 12 African nations that can compete within the inaugural BAL season:


*Champion from nationwide league that earned illustration within the inaugural BAL season

**Secured participation within the inaugural BAL season by a BAL qualifying event (

Champions from the nationwide leagues in Angola, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia earned their participation within the inaugural season.  The remaining six groups, which come from Algeria, Cameroon, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique and Rwanda, secured their participation by BAL qualifying tournaments performed by FIBA Regional Office Africa throughout the continent in late 2019.

The BAL teams and extra particulars in regards to the league will probably be introduced at a later date.


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