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Basketball Africa League (BAL) President Amadou Fall has stated that the inaugural edition of the anticipated continental league competition’s format will change.

He said this in a recent interview with Journalists regarding the status of the League which is indefinitely suspended due to the corona virus pandemic.

Photography for thegrindpr at NBA Africa in November 2014 by Jeremy Glyn

The BAL was scheduled to commence in March in Senegal, Dakar but the outbreak of the virus forced organizers to suspend the competition; the BAL was among the world’s first sports events to be canceled due to the corona virus.

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

“We are working closely with health organizations in different countries to see the best solution to take. Obviously, given the time that has passed, you will inevitably understand that the format will change” he said in the interview according to

The BAL was due to be hosted across multiple cities in Africa including Monastir, Tunisia and Kigali, Rwanda but the widespread nature of the virus has called for a review of the format.

The first BAL has 12 teams competing; the tournament is a partnership between the NBA and Africa’s basketball governing body FIBA-Africa.

Ghana’s Braves of Customs competed in the BAL qualifiers last year.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter


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