Photo Courtesy: gathers the maiden edition of the Basketball Africa League (BAL) will commence on December 5 in Kigali, Rwanda. Ghana’s Braves of Customs missed out on qualification after completing a set of qualification games.

The NBA-FIBA Africa led competition was originally scheduled to commence on March 13 but the rise of the corona virus forced officials to postpone the event.

Ghana’s Braves of Customs competed in BAL qualifiers in 2019

It was the first major sports competition to be postponed or flat out cancelled in the wake of the virus that has infected over 30 million people and caused over a million deaths.

However, the steady drop in deaths and infections means the competition can go ahead and BAL executives have pegged the tournament to run from December 5 to December 18 according to Angolan Press.

Kigali Arena in Rwanda Photo Courtesy: All

As part of the changes to the tournament, all games are to be staged at the Kigali Arena in Rwanda instead of a spread out format where teams were set to play in African cities including Monastir in Tunisia and Dakar in Senegal.

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

12 teams will battle for the crown in the inaugural championship which replaces the FIBA African Club Championship.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter


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