Senegal, Egypt and Rwanda will host the Basketball Africa League 2023
The Basketball Africa League (BAL) 2023 season will kick off on March 11 in Senegal, organizers revealed yesterday.
Senegal, Egypt and Rwanda are the three countries listed to host this year’s championship.
The BAL 2023 season will feature the top 12 club teams from 12 African countries playing a total of 38 games in Dakar, Senegal; Cairo, Egypt and Kigali, Rwanda for three months.
According to NBA-Africa, the 12 championship clubs will be divided into two conferences, Sahara and Nile, which will play the group stage of 15 games each.
The Sahara Conference will play at the Dakar Arena, Senegal, from March 11-21.
, while the Nile Conference will be played at the Hassan Mostafa Indoor Sports Complex in Cairo from April 26 to May 6.
The top four teams from each conference will advance to eight games, playoffs and single-elimination finals at the BK Arena in Kigali starting in May. from 21 to 27.
According to BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall, after BAL’s successful expansion to three iconic African cities last season, they were excited to welcome their fans in Dakar, Cairo and Kigali in 2023.
“The caravan format envisioned when BAL launched allowed more fans to experience the excitement of this world-class league up close and personal.
“We look forward to building on the success of our second season and continuing to deliver an authentic African sport and entertainment product that inspires and connects people across the continent and around the world,” he said.
Also speaking about the 2023 competition, FIBA Africa/BAL Chairman of the Board Anibal Manave said: “We are delighted to announce the third season of BAL.
“Returning to all three host cities for the second consecutive season will build on our ongoing efforts to develop African basketball sustainably.
With the high level of competition during the Road to the BAL qualifying tournaments, we expect a great performance from the new teams that will make their BAL debut next year.
” A BAL statement made available to The Guardian explained that, as in the past, the national league champions from 12 African countries will qualify for the league, including through Road to the BAL qualifying tournaments run by FIBA.
Africa across the continent from October to October.
“For the second year in a row, the BAL Elevate program will see one NBA Academy Africa prospect join each of the 12 BAL teams.
“BAL Elevate will once again provide an opportunity for the next generation of African prospects to enter a professional league, showcase their talent on a global stage and help their respective teams compete for the 2023 BAL Championship.
“During the 2022 season, Several BAL Elevate players contributed to the success of their respective teams and committed to NCAA Division I schools across the United States or signed professional contracts, including with NBA G League Ignite,” the statement said.
On May 28, Tunisia‘s US Monastir defeated Angola‘s Petro de Luanda 83-72 to win the BAL 2022 final in front of 10,000 sold-out spectators at the BK Arena.
The BAL 2022 season featured players from 23 countries across Africa, Europe and the Americas, reached fans in 214 countries and territories in 14 languages, including all 54 African countries, and generated more than 600 million online interactions.