The Basketball Africa League has announced that its inaugural season has been scheduled for May 16, with 12 teams from across the African continent set to participate.
The historic Basketball season will tip off on Sunday, May 16 at the Kigali Arena in Kigali, Rwanda, and will follow through till May 31 when the finals is set to be played.
Participating teams for the inaugural season include the champions from the national leagues in Angola, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal while the other six teams from Algeria, Cameroon, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, and Rwanda, secured their participation through BAL qualifying tournaments conducted by FIBA Regional Office Africa across the continent in late 2019.
In a statement released by the Basketball Africa League, the BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall said:
“We are thrilled that the inaugural Basketball Africa League season will take place at the world-class Kigali Arena.
“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,” he added.
“We are thrilled that the inaugural Basketball Africa League season will take place at the world-class Kigali Arena”. 12 #African countries, 26 games, 1 winner. GAME ON! Learn more on https://t.co/NMZUGvgVOM@amadougallofall @NBA_Africa @NBAPR @NBA #theBAL pic.twitter.com/2EAybn6LbM
— Basketball Africa League (@theBAL) March 29, 2021Advertisement
“We are extremely happy to finally launch the highly anticipated first season of the BAL,” the FIBA Africa and BAL Board President Anibal Manave also indicated.
“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 Basketball Africa League is a partnership between the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA), building on the foundation of club competitions organized by FIBA Regional Office Africa on the continent and marks the NBA’s first collaboration to operate a league outside of North America.