Sportif lost 63-71 to Hoopers (white and blue) in the qualifiers
Patrick Gomerli in action for Braves.
Benin Basketball Team Elan Sportif has been named the host of Group B games in the 2019 FIBA Africa Basketball League (AfroLeague).

Sportif will host games from March 8-10 in the maiden edition of the AfroLeague hitherto known as the African Club Championship.

Sportif is joined in the group by 2018 continental silver medalist ES Rades from Tunisia, Civil Defenders from Nigeria and BC Terreur from Democratic Republic of Congo.

There is a touch of familiarity with the announcement as Sportif get to stay home and face Zone Three rival Defenders from neighbouring Nigeria.

Sportif hosted the FIBA Zone Three qualifiers late November last year and ended in third place behind Defenders and winners Rivers Hoopers; Hoopers and Defenders are from Nigeria.

Ghana’s Braves of Customs competed in the zonal qualifiers and finished fourth and missing the chance to compete at the continental level in the process.

Rades lost the 2018 Championship title to Moroccan side AS Sale and the top two teams progress to the quarterfinal stage.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter


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