Five new teams, three new countries to compete in 2024 Basketball Africa League season tipping off on March 9 in South Africa

Five new teams, three new countries to compete in 2024 Basketball Africa League season tipping off on March 9 in South Africa


DAKAR, Senegal, February 15, 2024/APO Group/ —

Defending BAL Champion Al Ahly (Egypt) Among Seven Teams That Have Competed in the BAL (https://BAL.NBA.com/) Before, Alongside First-Time Participants from Burundi, Central African Republic, Libya, Morocco and Rwanda. Season will Tip Off with First-Ever BAL Game in South Africa Featuring 2022 Runner-Up Petro de Luanda (Angola) Taking on First-Time BAL Participant FUS Rabat Basketball (Morocco) at SunBet Arena in Pretoria at 4:00 p.m. CAT. Tickets on Sale Now at BAL.NBA.com (https://apo-opa.co/49CJjBQ), Ticketmaster.co.za (https://apo-opa.co/4bBotol) (Pretoria, South Africa) and Teewtickets.com (https://apo-opa.co/49yd8Uc) (Dakar, Senegal); Fans Can Save Up to 35% On Group Packages.

The Basketball Africa League (BAL) today announced that five new teams and three new countries are among the 12 club teams from 12 African countries that will compete in the 2024 BAL season (https://apo-opa.co/42IkW3v), which will tip off on Saturday, March 9 at SunBet Arena in Pretoria, South Africa.  The fourth BAL season will feature a record 48 games in Pretoria; Cairo, Egypt; Dakar, Senegal; and Kigali, Rwanda, marking the first BAL games in South Africa and the first time the league will play games in four different countries.

The 12 teams have been divided into three conferences of four teams each.  Seven of the teams have competed in the BAL before, two of which – Petro de Luanda (Angola) and US Monastir (Tunisia) – will be competing for a record fourth season.  Five teams are making their BAL debut, including the first BAL teams from Burundi, Central African Republic and Libya

 KALAHARI

     NILE

                SAHARA

Cape Town Tigers (South Africa)

Al Ahly (Egypt)

Armée Patriotique Rwandaise Basketball (APR; Rwanda)*

Dynamo Basketball Club (Burundi)*

Al Ahly Ly (Libya)*

AS Douanes (Senegal)

FUS Rabat Basketball (Morocco)*

Bangui Sporting Club (Central African Republic)*

Rivers Hoopers (Nigeria)

Petro de Luanda (Angola)

City Oilers (Uganda)

US Monastir (Tunisia)

*First-time BAL participant

Each conference will play a 12-game group phase during which each team will face the other three teams in its conference twice.  New this season, the home team in each market will play on every gameday, including on the weekends.  The inaugural Kalahari Conference group phase will take place from Saturday, March 9 – Sunday, March 17 at the SunBet Arena.  The Nile Conference group phase will take place from Friday, April 19 – Saturday, April 27 at Hassan Mostafa Indoor Sports Complex in Cairo.  The Sahara Conference group phase will take place from Saturday, May 4 – Sunday, May 12 at the Dakar Arena in Dakar.  The top two teams from each conference and the top two third-place teams from across the three conferences will travel to BK Arena in Kigali for four seeding games followed by an eight-game, single-elimination Playoffs and Finals from Friday, May 24 – Saturday, June 1.  

In the season opener, first-time BAL participant FUS Rabat Basketball (Morocco) will face Petro de Luanda at 4:00 p.m. CAT.  In the second game, home team Cape Town Tigers (South Africa) will take on first-time BAL participant Dynamo Basketball Club (Burundi) at 7:00 p.m. CAT.  On the opening day of the Nile Conference, home team Al Ahly (Egypt) will begin its title defense against two-time BAL participant City Oilers (Uganda) at 5:00 p.m. GMT.  The complete game schedule is available at BAL.NBA.com (https://apo-opa.co/3uClvzq).

Tickets for the Kalahari Conference group phase in Pretoria and the Sahara Conference group phase in Dakar are on sale now at BAL.NBA.com (https://apo-opa.co/3HZz0vV), Ticketmaster.co.za (https://apo-opa.co/3uDzIvR) (Pretoria) and Teewtickets.com (https://apo-opa.co/48j6vUR) (Dakar).  Single game tickets start at 75 ZAR for the Kalahari Conference group phase and 2,500 XOF for the Sahara Conference group phase.  Fans can save up to 35% off single game ticket prices for group packages by emailing [email protected], and up to 20% off single game ticket prices for all games during the Sahara Conference group phase by selecting two, four or all games.  Fans who purchase tickets will also have free access to BAL Fan Zones at the arena in each market.  Ticket sales information for the Nile Conference group phase in Cairo and the Playoffs and Finals Kigali will be announced at a later date. 

Champions from the national leagues in Angola, Egypt, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal and Tunisia earned their participation in the 2024 BAL season by winning their respective national leagues.  The remaining six teams, which come from Burundi, Central African Republic, Libya, Morocco, South Africa and Uganda, secured their participation through the Road to the BAL qualifying tournaments (https://apo-opa.co/49Au50l) conducted by FIBA Africa across the continent from October to November 2023.

Rwanda Development Board, NIKE, Jordan Brand and Wilson will return as BAL Foundational Partners.  The league’s roster of world-class marketing partners also includes Afreximbank, Hennessy and RwandAir.

Additional information about the 2024 BAL season will be announced in the coming weeks.

BAL Season 4 announcement video (https://apo-opa.co/48gFVf6) (Credit: Basketball Africa League)

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