The Basketball Africa League (BAL) will commence in the first semester of 2021 according to BAL President Amadou Fall after multiple postponements.
He made this statement in an interview with Rwanda news outlet NewTimes on the sidelines of the second window of qualification games to the 2021 African Basketball Championship (AfroBasket) in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali.
The inaugural edition of the BAL which is an NBA-FIBA Africa competition was scheduled to commence on March 13 but was moved to December due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the rescheduled date was moved further back as a result of spike in infections after a slow down in infections rate.
“We are working with all our partners and stakeholders to look at what is the best next opportunity in terms of windows in 2021. What I can tell you is that it is going to be launched within the first semester of 2021, it means before June” he said.
BAL has 12 qualified teams representing 12 countries in Africa grouped into two Conferences (Nile and Sahara respectively) set to compete for first place.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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