Kenya Ports Authority Photo Courtesy:

The second phase of the Basketball Africa League (BAL) quarter final stage is off to a rocky start as Kenya Ports Authority Club has withdrawn from the competition.

The team was set to open Group H games later tonight at the Kigali Arena in Rwanda against City Oilers from Uganda at 17:30 GMT.

Ports Authority’s withdrawal came mere hours before the tournament tipped off this afternoon; financial challenges and internal issues in the club are reportedly reasons behind the withdrawal.

The team was drawn in Pool B of Group H alongside Ferroviario De Maputo from Mozambique, Cobra from South Sudan and Oilers.

Pool A has Patriots from Rwanda, GNBC from Madagascar, UNZA Pacers from Zambia and JKT from Tanzania; the top two teams from each pool progress to the semifinals of the competition.

Games in Group G were concluded last month with a quartet of teams including AS Police from Mali and GS Petroilers from Algeria progress to the semis.

The BAL is a joint NBA-FIBA venture.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter

KPA in action against Cobra at the preliminary stage Photo Courtesy:
Malian side AS Police Photo Courtesy:


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