President of the Basketball Africa League (BAL) Amadou Gallo Fall has described the second edition of the Basketball Africa League as a “success”.
12 teams competed in two conferences, Nile and Sahara which featured 156 players from 22 countries from Africa, Europe and the US.
The 12 teams that competed this season are Defending Champions Zamalek, Petro de Luanda, Cape Town Tigers, FAP, Espoir Fukash, Ferroviario de Beira, DUC, Cobra Sport, SLAC and US Monastir.
“We want to thank our partners and the media for telling our story,” Fall said. “We are using today to convey our excitement about the progress we have made so far. For the second season, we had seven new teams that participated in the basketball Africa League.
“The BAL has reached 100 million fans across our online platforms. We want to thank the media and please continue to work with us as we build this product for the continent we are going to continue this journey. We have played 30 games across the two conferences that took place in Cairo and Dakar and allowed more fans to experience our BAL product live and in person.
In the same vein, FIBA Africa President Anibal Manave has praised the partnership between FIBA Africa and the NBA which he says has yielded good results.
“We had more countries and more games which means a lot for us. We decided three years ago to have this partnership with NBA, the main idea was to develop basketball in Africa. There were 12 teams from more than 30 countries during the qualification phase and everyone in Africa wants to play basketball, everyone wants to be part of this project,” said Manave.
“This is what we envisaged three years ago and the result and feedback we are receiving is very good. I thank our partners in this project the NBA and urge them to be with us in this project and believe it is possible to have basketball in Africa.”
“Every year we have emerging talents in Africa and that gives them reasons to play in Africa thats why some of our players want to return to play in Africa this is the result of this competition and partnership.”
Rwanda Sport Minister Aurore Mimosa Munyangaju assured that the Rwanda government will continue to support the Basketball Africa League.
“There is a huge investment opportunities in sport and huge investment in the basketball Africa League. The long term plan of Rwanda and the ministry is to place Rwanda as a sport destination in the region which will host major events both national and international”
“As government of Rwanda we are here to partner and support the BAL.”
Teams competing in the 2022 BAL Finals are AS Salé (Morocco), Cape Town Tigers (South Africa), Forces Armeés et Police (FAP) from Cameroon, Petro de Luanda (Angola), Rwanda Energy Group (Rwanda), Seydou Legacy Athlétique Club (SLAC) of Guinea, US Monastir (Tunisia) and Zamalek (Egypt).
Games will tipoff on Saturday as Petro de Luanda take on AS Salé at 14:00 local time while host REG will battle FAP three and half hours later