Photo Courtesy: can report the latest postponement of the Basketball Africa League (BAL) is not related to COVID 19 according to BAL President Amadou Fall.

He made this statement in an interview with Rwanda news outlet NewTimes on the sidelines of the latest window of qualification games to the 2021 Africa Basketball Championship (AfroBasket) played out in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali.

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

Though COVID 19 forced organizers to move the inaugural edition of the FIBA Africa-NBA event from March to December then to the first semester of 2021, Fall insists logistics was the main reason for the recent postponement.

Officials and Players at Luncheon to unveil team jerseys for BAL

“The government of Rwanda, RBC (Rwanda Biomedical Center) and the Ministry of Health have done a fantastic job managing the pandemic. But the issue was how do we get our immense logistics here in the country because we were looking to put up a big show, something that really has never been done before” Fall said.

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

BAL has 12 qualified teams from various countries on the continent and has replaced the African Club Championship. Ghana’s Braves of Customs competed in preliminary qualifiers but failed to progress.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter


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