The curtains came down on the inaugural Basketball Africa League that saw Zamalek become the winners of the tournament. The Egyptian outfit Zamalek defeated fellow North Africans US Monastir of Tunisia 76-63 to become the first-ever winner of the B-A-L in a mouthwatering final clash.
Walter Hodge took the first-ever Hakim Olajuwon award for the most valuable player after averaging 15 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds.
The Basketball Africa League is a partnership between the International Basketball Federation, FIBA, and the American National Basketball Association, the NBA. The B-A-L is a new professional league featuring 12 club teams from across Africa that is being played for the first time in Kigali, Rwanda this year.
This is after it was postponed from last year due to the pandemic. The B-A-L builds on the foundation of club competitions FIBA has organized in Africa and marks the NBA’s first collaboration to operate a league outside North America.