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Rwanda hosts first Basketball Africa League

Rwanda hosted the maiden Basketball Africa League (BAL) tournament between May 16 and 30.

The first edition of the 12-club event was scheduled for last year, but had to be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

GSP (Algeria), Petro Luanda (Angola), FAP (Cameroon), Zamalek (Egypt), GN (Madagascar), Police (Mali), Sale (Morocco), Ferroviario Maputo (Mozambique), Rivers Hoopers (Nigeria), Patriots (Rwanda), Douanes (Senegal) and Monastir (Tunisia) will compete in Kigali.

The tournament was tip off with three four-club groups and each side played their opponents once. Section winners and runners-up and the best two third-placed teams advanced to the quarter-finals.

‘We are thrilled that the inaugural season will took place at the world-class Kigali Arena,’ said BAL president Amadou Fall in a statement.

‘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.

‘Basketball can be used as an economic growth engine across Africa, and shine a light on the vibrant sporting culture of the continent.’

The BAL is being supported by the International Basketball Federation and the USA-based National Basketball Association.

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