Basketball Africa League announces inaugural host cities, Nike partnership

The host cities have been named for the inaugural Basketball Africa League, the NBA and Fiba’s new tournament in the continent which is scheduled to begin play in March 2020.

They are: Cairo (Egypt), Dakar (Senegal), Lagos (Nigeria), Luanda (Angola), Rabat (Morocco) and either Monastir or Tunis (Tunisia). The BAL Final Four and Final will be played in Kigali (Rwanda).

Twelve teams from across Africa will be divided into two conferences, each comprised of three cities. The top three teams in each conference will qualify for the round-robin play-offs, which will determine the Final Four.

It was also announced that Nike and Jordan Brand will jointly supply the teams with official game uniforms, warm-up apparel, socks and practice gear – with six teams featured in Nike and the other six in Jordan Brand.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has described the league – the NBA’s first outside of North America – as “an important next step in our continued development of the game of basketball in Africa”.