A slew of major personalities have expressed optimism about the success of the upcoming Basketball Africa League (BAL) in Kigali, Rwanda.
The inaugural edition of the BAL takes place from May 16 to May 30 with all games to be played at the Kigali Arena in Rwanda. 12 teams will compete in the NBA-FIBA Africa Tournament.
Speaking in the aftermath of the official announcement after multiple postponements due to the corona virus pandemic, BAL President Amadou Fall stated:
“Through the BAL, we will provide a platform for elite players from across the continent to showcase their talent and inspire fans of all ages, use basketball as an economic growth engine across Africa.”
FIBA Africa President Anibal Manave added, “We are extremely happy to finally launch the highly anticipated first season of the BAL.”
The BAL was originally expected to commence in 2020 but the onset of the corona virus pandemic forced organizers to postpone the games. However, a bubble environment for the games and falling cases of infections and deaths has made it possible for the competition to take place.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter