Basketball Africa League Kicks Off in Dakar As DUC of Senegal, Seydou Club Clash in High Stakes First Game

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The second edition of the Basketball Africa League kicks off March 5, in Dakar, Senegal.

Two other cities, Cairo, in Egypt and Kigali, in Rwanda, will host the matches this edition’s matches. As was the case for the historic inaugural tournament that took place in May 2021 in Kigali, Rwanda, 12 teams will try to succeed Zamalek of Egypt, winner of the first BAL. Initiated by the prestigious NBA, the North American basketball league, in partnership with the International Basketball Federation, the BAL replaces the former African Basketball League. How did we get here?

When Egypt’s Zamalek lifted the very first Basketball Africa League trophy, at the Kigali Arena, on May 30, 2021, the African continent took another step in professionalizing its basketball. Like the Egyptian winner, created in 1911, most of the continent’s popular clubs have existed for a very long time, but it was…

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