Basketball Africa League announces 12 teams for its inaugural season

London, Feb. 17, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The Basketball Africa League (BAL) (theBAL.com) has announced the 12 club teams from 12 African countries that will compete in the league’s inaugural season, which will tip off Friday, March 13 at the Dakar Arena in Dakar, Senegal

The announcement was made by BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall at the NBA All-Star 2020 Africa Luncheon in Chicago

Basketball Africa League announces 12 teams for its inaugural season COUNTRYTEAMAlgeriaGSP (http://bit.ly/2OYYLBt) (Groupement Sportif des Pétroliers)**AngolaPetro de Luanda (http://bit.ly/2wj9Kzb) (Clube Atlético Petroleos de Luanda)*CameroonFAP (http://bit.ly/3bzI6Oy) (Forces Armées et Police Basketball)**EgyptZamalek* (http://bit.ly/2UX5NdF)MadagascarGNBC (http://bit.ly/39BgXJb) (Gendarmerie Nationale Basketball Club)**MaliAS Police (http://bit.ly/38rC4h3) (Association Sportive de la Police Nationale)**MoroccoAS Salé (http://bit.ly/2OYDJmt) (Association Sportive de Salé)*MozambiqueFerroviàrio de Maputo** (http://bit.ly/2UTOIBr)NigeriaRivers Hoopers BC (http://bit.ly/2Hu8X0Q) (Rivers Hoopers Basketball Club)*RwandaPatriots BC (http://bit.ly/2HqCbxk) (Patriots Basketball Club)**SenegalAS Douanes (http://bit.ly/3bHgZkM) (Association Sportives des Douanes)*TunisiaUS Monastir (http://bit.ly/2SMe9SW) (Union Sportive Monastirienne)*“This is a historic moment as we welcome the 12 teams that will participate in our inaugural season,” said BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall.  “These teams have earned the opportunity to represent their respective countries and will establish the BAL as a world-class product that entertains fans of all ages when the season tips off March 13.”

Champions from national leagues in six countries – Angola, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia – were guaranteed representation in the inaugural BAL season.  The remaining six teams from Algeria, Cameroon, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique and Rwanda, secured their participation through BAL qualifying tournaments conducted by FIBA Africa across the continent in late 2019.

NIKE and Jordan Brand, the BAL’s exclusive on-court outfitter will outfit the league’s 12 teams with official game uniforms, warm-up apparel, socks and practice gear, with six teams featured in NIKE and the other six teams in Jordan Brand.  The collaboration with NIKE and Jordan Brand marks the BAL’s first partnership.

The BAL has also launched the league’s official website and social media accounts.  Fans can now follow the BAL @theBAL on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and register their interest in receiving more information at www.theBAL.com.

The inaugural BAL regular season will take place in Cairo (Egypt), Dakar (Senegal), Lagos (Nigeria), Luanda (Angola), Monastir (Tunisia) and Salé (Morocco).  Kigali (Rwanda) will host the first-ever BAL Playoffs and Finals. 

The BAL will debut with 12 club teams from across Africa divided into two conferences, with each conference playing in three cities.  Each team will play five games in the regular season, facing every team in its conference once. 

The top four teams in each conference will qualify for the single-elimination playoffs in Kigali, Rwanda.Distributed by APO Group on behalf of National Basketball Association (NBA).
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