The 2nd edition of the Basketball Africa League will tip off on March 5, 2022 in Dakar, Senegal.
The announcement was made on Thursday at Hassan Mostafa Indoor Sports Complex by BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall and FIBA Africa Youth Council President Ambrose Tashobya, with the inaugural season’s BAL Champion Zamalek (Egypt) in attendance.
“After a successful and historic launch last spring, we are thrilled to be able to grow the BAL’s footprint in our second season,” said Fall. “Through this expanded competition format, we will bring more games to more countries across the continent, allowing new and returning fans to experience the excitement of this world-class league up close and in person.”
The BAL features the top 12 teams from 12 different African countries and will expand to a total of 38 games taking place in three cities over three months in 2022. The second BAL season will include 15 games at the Dakar Arena in Dakar from March 5-15, 15 games at Hassan Mostafa Indoor Sports Complex in Cairo from April 9-19, and an eight-game Playoffs and Finals at the Kigali Arena in Kigali from May 21-28.
During the second BAL season, the 12 teams will be divided into two conferences of six teams each. Each conference will play a 15-game group phase during which each team will face the other five teams in its conference once. The top eight teams from the group phase will qualify for the BAL Playoffs, which will be single elimination in all three rounds. National league champions from 12 African countries will once again qualify for the second BAL season, selected from qualifying tournaments conducted by FIBA Regional Office Africa across the continent from October to December 2021.