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November 7, 2023


League To Play Record 48 Games Across Four Countries, Including First BAL Games in South
Africa as Part of New Kalahari Conference

– Fans Can Visit to Register Their Interest in Tickets –

– Afreximbank Joins Rwanda Development Board, NIKE, Jordan Brand, Wilson, AB InBev,
Envol City, Hennessy, and RwandAir as Official BAL Partners –

DAKAR, SENEGAL, Nov. 7, 2023 – The Basketball Africa League (BAL) today announced that
the league’s expanded fourth season will tip off in March 2024 in South Africa. The 2024 BAL
season will feature the top 12 club teams from 12 African countries playing a record 48 games across
four African countries – South Africa, Egypt, Senegal and Rwanda – over four months, marking the
first BAL games in South Africa and the first time the league will play in four different countries.
Also, for the first time, the 12 teams will be divided into three conferences of four teams each. Each
conference will play a 12-game group phase during which each team will face the other three teams
in its conference twice. The inaugural Kalahari Conference group phase will take place in March,
followed by the Nile Conference group phase in April and the Sahara Conference group phase in
May. The top two teams from each conference and the top two third-place teams from across the
three conferences will travel to Rwanda for four seeding games followed by an eight-game single elimination Playoffs and Finals from May – June.

The BAL will announce the host cities, venues, dates and information about how to purchase tickets
for the 2024 BAL season in the coming weeks. Beginning today, fans can register their interest in
tickets to games in all four markets at
The BAL also today announced Afreximbank as an official partner of the 2024 BAL season. The
BAL and Afreximbank will collaborate on “BAL Advance,” a new program that aims to support the
holistic development of BAL players and teams based on their specific needs, goals, projects and
interests. The program will offer players professional development opportunities within the broader
sports industry, including in event management, broadcasting, analytics, technology, and more.

“We are thrilled to expand our footprint in the BAL’s fourth season and allow more fans to
experience the excitement of this historic league, including the first BAL games in South Africa
where there is already strong affinity for the game,” said BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall. “We
look forward to building on the momentum of our first three seasons and to continuing to deliver a
world-class basketball and entertainment product that represents Africa proudly on the global stage.”
“We are really pleased that season 4 of the BAL is coming soon, and it has been extended to more
African countries in all four corners of the continent,” said FIBA Africa President Anibal Manave.
“The BAL has had a very positive impact on players and the sport of basketball in Africa. The
upcoming season promises to deliver even more exciting basketball action for fans to enjoy. As we
witness great performances during the Road to BAL qualifying tournament and see more African
nations participating, we can eagerly anticipate the thrilling moments that the upcoming BAL season
will bring.”

National league champions from 12 African countries will once again qualify for the BAL, including
through the Road to the BAL qualifying tournaments conducted by FIBA Africa across the continent
from October – November 2023.

For the third consecutive season, the BAL Elevate program will see one NBA Academy Africa
prospect join each of the 12 BAL teams. BAL Elevate will once again provide an opportunity for the
next generation of African prospects to participate in a professional league, showcase their talent on
a global stage, and help their respective teams compete for the 2024 BAL Championship. Over the
past two BAL seasons, nine BAL Elevate players contributed to their respective team’s success and
went on to qualify for their respective national teams, commit to NCAA Division I schools in the
U.S., or sign professional contracts, including with NBA G League Ignite.

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 AB InBev,
Afreximbank, Envol City, Hennessy and RwandAir.

In addition to the games, the BAL will host a series of youth development and social impact
programming in all four markets that will engage fans, players, coaches, referees, and the local
community, including camps and workshops for young women as part of BAL4HER, the league’s
platform for advancing gender equality in the African sports ecosystem. In conjunction with the
Playoffs and Finals, the BAL will also host its third Innovation Summit, an annual gathering of
African leaders from business, technology, sports, and entertainment, to discuss trends and
opportunities for the continued development of basketball on the continent.
On May 27, 2023, Egypt’s Al Ahly defeated Senegal’s AS Douanes 80-65 to win the 2023 BAL
Finals, which took place at BK Arena and reached fans in 214 countries and territories in 17
languages. During the 2023 season, the BAL welcomed more than 70,000 fans, guests, league and
team personnel, and other stakeholders who came from around the world to experience the games
and surrounding activities.

About the BAL
The Basketball Africa League (BAL), a partnership between the International Basketball Federation
(FIBA) and the NBA, is a professional league featuring 12 club teams from across Africa that
completed its third season in May 2023. Headquartered in Dakar, Senegal, the BAL builds on the
foundation of club competitions FIBA Africa has organized across the continent and marks the NBA’s first collaboration to operate a league outside North America. Fans can follow the BAL
(@theBAL) on Facebook, Instagram, X, and YouTube and register their interest in receiving more
information at