Reporter’s reflection on the inaugural Basketball Africa League

CGTN Africa sports reporter Mohamed Abubakar on location in Kigali, Rwanda during the inaugural Basketball Africa League tournament

Story by Mohamed Abubakar 

The Basketball Africa League was a marvel to watch and to cover as a journalist with organization of the event top notch. Competition was fierce with all the 12 teams eager to make history in the inaugural edition that was played at the splendid Kigali Arena in Rwanda.

CGTN Africa Sports Africa Reporter Mohamed Abubakar on location in Kigali, Rwanda

With the NBA announcing its arrival in Africa through the BAL, home grown players across the continent can look forward to playing pro basketball right here in Africa.

The tournament has also given more meaning to national basketball championships since winners will either qualify for the premier BAL directly or go through to the qualifiers for a chance to compete with the best teams in Africa.

The new league will be a shop window for African players to audition for top and lucrative leagues across the globe including the NBA besides creating a basketball ecosystem on the continent.

It will inspire young Africans to not only fall in love with the game on the court, but out of it as well.

Just like I did, African sports journalists will look forward to covering the game on the continent.

BAL will also open employment and other opportunities; from sports law, sports branding, marketing and advertising and physiotherapists among others.

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