KIGALI, RWANDA - MAY 30: Members of Zamalek celebrate winning  the Basketball Africa League finals game against Union Sportive Monastirienne at Kigali Arena on May 30, 2021 in Kigali, Rwanda. (Photo by Nicole Sweet/BAL/Basketball Africa League via Getty Images)
Basketball Africa League Unveils Teams and Schedule

The Basketball Africa League has announced the 12 club teams from 12 African countries that will compete in the 2022 BAL season.

The season gets underway on 5 March at the Dakar Arena in Dakar, Senegal, and will include stops in Cairo, Egypt and Kigali, Rwanda, taking in 38 games over three months.

The 12 teams, which include defending BAL champions Zamalek (Egypt) and four other teams returning from the inaugural BAL season in 2021, will be divided into two conferences – the Sahara Conference and the Nile Conference.  Each conference will play a 15-game group phase during which each team will face the other five teams in its conference once. 

The Sahara Conference’s group phase will take place at the Dakar Arena from March 5-15, and the Nile Conference’s group phase will take place at Hassan Mostafa Indoor Sports Complex in Cairo from April 9-19. 

The top four teams from each conference will qualify for the BAL Play-offs, which will feature a single-elimination tournament and Finals at Kigali Arena from May 21-28. 

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Champions from the national leagues in Angola, Egypt, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal and Tunisia earned their participation in the 2022 BAL season by winning their respective national leagues. The remaining six teams, which come from Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Mozambique, South Africa and South Sudan, secured their participation through the ‘Road to BAL’ qualifying tournaments conducted by the FIBA Regional Office Africa across the continent from October to December 2021.

South Africa is represented in the competition by the Cape Town Tigers.

Dylan Rogers
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