Customs in Benin in 2017

Ghanaian side Braves of Customs is set to compete in the Basketball Africa League (BAL) preliminary round of qualification games later this month against a familiar foe.

Braves are drawn in Group B and will compete against ASPAC from Benin, AS Nigelec from Niger, National Ports Authority-Pythons from Liberia and Abidjan Basketball Club from Ivory Coast.

The qualification runs from October 29 to November 3 in Cotonou, Benin with top places up for grabs in the Elite 16 stage of the NBA and FIBA-Africa competition.

However, Braves will play against ASPAC for the second time after the two sides faced off in the 2017 FIBA Africa Club Championship Zone 3 qualifiers also held in Benin.

Braves beat ASPAC 75-61 in the qualifiers but missed out on progressing further in the tournament; the win was one of two for Braves in the tournament.

Should Braves progress beyond the Elite 16 stage, the team will feature in the main event in March, 2020 against already qualified teams like US Monastir from Tunisia.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter

Braves Guard Patrick Gameli in action at the Africa Club Championship
Customs in Benin in 2017


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