Amadou Fall Photography for the grindpr at NBA Africa in November 2014 by Jeremy Glyn

Basketball Africa League (BAL) President Amadou Gallo Fall has stated the passion showed by teams in BAL qualifiers showed how badly the League was needed for the continent’s basketball growth.

He said this in an interview with BAL Head of Content and Programming Youcef Ouldyassia recently as the wait continues for the inaugural season of the continental competition to commence.


The league was set to commence in March but the spread of the corona virus forced authorities to suspend the championship indefinitely.

Touching on a wide range of issues in relation to the League, Fall noted the passion teams competed with and that was indicative of something Africa needed to take basketball to another level.

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“It-the qualifiers- was a confirmation that this league is greatly needed. There was a big void. You have tremendous amount of talent on the continent and a lot of these guys the only chance of experiencing something close to this is by going and playing somewhere else but now to play at home in front of crowds…the opportunity to compete against other teams from across the continent is tremendous” he said.

Morocco’s AS Sale (Red) and Nigeria’s Rivers Hoopers have qualified to compete in the BAL.

BAL is a partnership between the NBA and FIBA Africa.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter


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