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DAKAR, Senegal, February 9, 2022/ — 2022 BAL Season Opener Will Feature Senegal’s Dakar Université Club (DUC) Taking on Guinea’s Seydou Legacy Athlétique Club (S.L.A.C) at the Dakar Arena on Saturday, March 5 at 5:30 p.m. GMT; Fans Can Visit NBA.com/BAL to Register Their Interest in Tickets.

The Basketball Africa League (BAL) announced the top 12 club teams from 12 African countries that will compete in the 2022 BAL season (https://bit.ly/3oAYOFz), which will tip-off Saturday, March 5 at the Dakar Arena in Dakar, Senegal, and will include stops in Cairo, Egypt and Kigali, Rwanda.

In the season opener, Senegal’s Dakar Université Club (DUC) will take on Guinea’s Seydou Legacy Athlétique Club (S.L.A.C) at 5:30 p.m. GMT in the first of 38 games taking place across three cities over three months in 2022.

The 12 teams, which include defending BAL Champion Zamalek (Egypt) and four other teams returning from the inaugural BAL season in 2021, will be divided into two conferences – the Sahara Conference and the Nile Conference. Each conference will play a 15-game group phase during which each team will face the other five teams in its conference once.

The Sahara Conference’s group phase will take place at the Dakar Arena from March 5-15, and the Nile Conference’s group phase will take place at Hassan Mostafa Indoor Sports Complex in Cairo from April 9-19.

The top four teams from each conference will qualify for the BAL Playoffs, which will feature a single-elimination tournament and Finals at Kigali Arena from May 21-28.

The 2022 BAL season will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories. Fans can register their interest in tickets and in receiving more information at NBA.com/BAL.

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                     SAHARA CONFERENCE                     NILE CONFERENCE
AS Salé (Association Sportive Salé)* (www.ASSbasketball.com) – Morocco
 
BC Espoir Fukash (https://bit.ly/3oAZBGx) – Democratic Republic of the Congo
 
DUC (Dakar Université Club) (https://bit.ly/3LhVh8O) – Senegal
 
Cape Town Tigers (www.CapeTownTigers.com) – South Africa
 
Ferroviário da Beira or CFV – Beira (Clube Ferroviário da Beira) (https://bit.ly/3LlVg3K) – Mozambique
 
Cobra Sport (Cobra Sports Club) (https://bit.ly/3JcRWpz) – South Sudan
 
REG (Rwanda Energy Group) (https://bit.ly/339ShtW) (REG) – Rwanda
 
F.A.P (Forces Armeés et Police Basketball) (http://FAPBasketball.com/)* – Cameroon
 
S.L.A.C (Seydou Legacy Athlétique Club) (https://bit.ly/3GEMQRg) – Guinea
 
Petro de Luanda (Clube Atlético Petroleos de Luanda) (https://Petroatletico.co.ao)* – Angola
 
US Monastir (Union Sportive Monastirienne) (www.usmonastir.org.tn/)* – Tunisia
 
Zamalek (http://el-Zamalek.com/)* (2021 BAL Champion) – Egypt
 

*Returning team from inaugural BAL season

“We are thrilled to welcome seven new teams and four new countries into the second season of the BAL,” said BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall.  “Defending Champion Zamalek will anchor the five returning teams, after representing the BAL in the FIBA Intercontinental Cup this month in Cairo.  The competition to bring home the 2022 BAL Championship Trophy is heating up, and we are excited that more fans will have an opportunity to watch the games live in three world-class African cities.  To BAL fans across the continent and around the world – Game On!”

“We are excited for the tip off of this highly anticipated season two of the BAL,” said FIBA Africa and BAL Board President Anibal Manave.  “The Road to BAL 2022, which was successfully completed at the end of last year, provided fans with some exciting close games and captivating action.  We are optimistic that this expanded BAL season will be a huge success.”

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Champions from the national leagues in Angola, Egypt, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal and Tunisia earned their participation in the 2022 BAL season by winning their respective national leagues.  The remaining six teams, which come from Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Mozambique, South Africa and South Sudan, secured their participation through the Road to BAL qualifying tournaments conducted by FIBA Regional Office Africa across the continent from October to December 2021.

New Fortress Energy (NFE), Rwanda Development Board (RDB), NIKE, Jordan Brand and Wilson will return as BAL Foundational Partners.  The league’s roster of world-class marketing partners also includes Flutterwave and Hennessy.

On May 30, Zamalek defeated US Monastir 76-63 to win the inaugural BAL Championship (https://bit.ly/3oAWVZw), which took place at Kigali Arena and was broadcast to fans in 215 countries and territories in 15 languages.

Below is the complete 2022 BAL season game schedule.  Additional details about the 2022 BAL season will be announced in the coming weeks.

DATE
 
DAY
 
HOME
 
AWAY
 
GROUP
 
LOCAL TIME
 
ET
 
 
SAHARA CONFERENCE
 
3/5/2022
 
Saturday
 
DUC
 
S.L.A.C
 
G1
 
5:30pm
 
12:30pm
 
 
3/6/2022
 
Sunday
 
REG
 
AS Salé
 
G2
 
2:00pm
 
9:00am
 
 
3/6/2022
 
Sunday
 
US Monastir
 
CFV – Beira
 
G3
 
5:30pm
 
12:30pm
 
 
3/8/2022
 
Tuesday
 
S.L.A.C
 
US Monastir
 
G4
 
5:30pm
 
12:30pm
 
 
3/8/2022
 
Tuesday
 
CFV – Beira
 
DUC
 
G5
 
9:00pm
 
4:00pm
 
 
3/9/2022
 
Wednesday
 
REG
 
S.L.A.C
 
G6
 
5:30pm
 
12:30pm
 
 
3/9/2022
 
Wednesday
 
AS Salé
 
CFV – Beira
 
G7
 
9:00pm
 
4:00pm
 
 
3/11/2022
 
Friday
 
AS Salé
 
US Monastir
 
G8
 
5:30pm
 
12:30pm
 
 
3/11/2022
 
Friday
 
DUC
 
REG
 
G9
 
9:00pm
 
4:00pm
 
 
3/12/2022
 
Saturday
 
S.L.A.C
 
CFV – Beira
 
G10
 
2:00pm
 
9:00am
 
 
3/12/2022
 
Saturday
 
US Monastir
 
DUC
 
G11
 
5:30pm
 
12:30pm
 
 
3/14/2022
 
Monday
 
REG
 
US Monastir
 
G12
 
5:30pm
 
1:30pm
 
 
3/14/2022
 
Monday
 
AS Salé
 
S.L.A.C
 
G13
 
9:00pm
 
5:00pm
 
 
3/15/2022
 
Tuesday
 
CFV – Beira
 
REG
 
G14
 
5:30pm
 
1:30pm
 
 
3/15/2022
 
Tuesday
 
DUC
 
AS Salé
 
G15
 
9:00pm
 
5:00pm
 
 
NILE CONFERENCE
 
4/9/2022
 
Saturday
 
Zamalek
 
Cobra Sport
 
G16
 
8:00pm
 
2:00pm
 
 
4/10/2022
 
Sunday
 
F.A.P
 
Espoir Fukash
 
G17
 
6:30pm
 
12:30pm
 
 
4/10/2022
 
Sunday
 
Cape Town
 
Petro de Luanda
 
G18
 
10:00pm
 
4:00pm
 
 
4/12/2022
 
Tuesday
 
Petro de Luanda
 
Cobra Sport
 
G19
 
6:30pm
 
12:30pm
 
 
4/12/2022
 
Tuesday
 
Cape Town
 
Zamalek
 
G20
 
10:00pm
 
4:00pm
 
 
4/13/2022
 
Wednesday
 
Cobra Sport
 
Espoir Fukash
 
G21
 
6:30pm
 
12:30pm
 
 
4/13/2022
 
Wednesday
 
F.A.P
 
Cape Town
 
G22
 
10:00pm
 
4:00pm
 
 
4/15/2022
 
Friday
 
Cobra Sport
 
Cape Town
 
G23
 
6:30pm
 
12:30pm
 
 
4/15/2022
 
Friday
 
Zamalek
 
Petro de Luanda
 
G24
 
10:00pm
 
4:00pm
 
 
4/16/2022
 
Saturday
 
Petro de Luanda
 
F.A.P
 
G25
 
6:30pm
 
12:30pm
 
 
4/16/2022
 
Saturday
 
Espoir Fukash
 
Zamalek
 
G26
 
10:00pm
 
4:00pm
 
 
4/18/2022
 
Monday
 
Petro de Luanda
 
Espoir Fukash
 
G27
 
6:30pm
 
12:30pm
 
 
4/18/2022
 
Monday
 
F.A.P
 
Cobra Sport
 
G28
 
10:00pm
 
4:00pm
 
 
4/19/2022
 
Tuesday
 
Espoir Fukash
 
Cape Town
 
G29
 
6:30pm
 
12:30pm
 
 
4/19/2022
 
Tuesday
 
Zamalek
 
F.A.P
 
G30
 
10:00pm
 
4:00pm
 
 
PLAYOFFS
 
QUARTER-FINALS
 
5/21/2022
 
Saturday
 
Seed 1 Sahara
 
Seed 4 Nile
 
G31
 
1:30pm
 
7:30am
 
 
5/21/2022
 
Saturday
 
Seed 2 Nile
 
Seed 3 Sahara
 
G32
 
6:00pm
 
12:00pm
 
 
5/22/2022
 
Sunday
 
Seed 1 Nile
 
Seed 4 Sahara
 
G33
 
1:30pm
 
7:30am
 
 
5/22/2022
 
Sunday
 
Seed 2 Sahara
 
Seed 3 Nile
 
G34
 
6:00pm
 
12:00pm
 
 
SEMIFINALS
 
5/25/2022
 
Wednesday
 
W31
 
W32
 
G35*
 
6:00pm
 
12:00pm
 
 
5/25/2022
 
Wednesday
 
W33
 
W34
 
G36*
 
9:30pm
 
3:30pm
 
 
THIRD PLACE
 
5/27/2022
 
Friday
 
L35
 
L36
 
G37*
 
6:00pm
 
12:00pm
 
 
CHAMPIONSHIP
 
5/28/2022
 
Saturday
 
W35
 
W36
 
G38*
 
6:00pm
 
12:00pm
 
 
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