The Basketball Africa League has announced that its inaugural season will get underway on 16 May at the Kigali Arena in Rwanda.
12 teams from across Africa will compete in the new professional league.
The BAL, a partnership between the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA), builds on the foundation of club competitions FIBA’s Regional Office Africa has organized on the continent and marks the NBA’s first collaboration to operate a league outside of North America.
The first BAL Finals will be held on 30 May.
The BAL will implement robust health and safety protocols for the 12 teams and personnel traveling to Rwanda, based on guidance from the World Health Organization and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, with advice from public health officials and medical experts.
The 12 club teams are from 12 African countries: Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Egypt, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, and Tunisia.