Professional Basketball League to take place in seven cities in Africa

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Players compete on July 29, 2019, at the Dakar Arena in Diamniadio, during the opening of the 17th Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Africa organised by the NBA, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and Senegalese Basketball Federation, which brings together top youth players from across Africa to learn from current NBA and FIBA players, from July 28-31. (Photo by Seyllou / AFP) (Photo credit should read SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images)
Details and information are projected on a screen during the announcement of the The NBA-backed Basketball Africa League (BAL) at the Museum of Black Civilisations in Dakar, on July 30 2019. (Photo by SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images)

Cairo, Egypt,  Dakar, Senegal, Lagos, Nigeria, Luanda, Angola, Rabat, Morocco and either Monastir or Tunis,Tunisia will help launch professional basketball in Africa.

The Basketball Africa League (BAL) is part of the U.S-based National Basketball Association’s effort to expand its brand worldwide.

BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall revealed the league’s inaugural cities during a reception at the Musée des Civilizations Noires in Dakar. The league’s championship game will be played in Kigali, Rwanda.

“Today’s announcements mark another important milestone as we head into what will be a historic first season for the Basketball Africa League, we now have seven great host cities where we will play and our first partnership with a world-class outfitter.” said Fall.

Many of the final details are still being ironed out but the BAL’s first full season will last for about three months. There will be 12 teams divided into two conferences.  The top three teams from each conference advance to a six-team round-robin playoff that will eventually determine the Final Four which will take place in late March 2020.

The BAL Final Four and BAL Final will be single-elimination games.

 

 

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