NIKE and Jordan Brand Unveil Official Basketball Africa League Uniforms; Cairo, Dakar, Lagos, Luanda, Monastir and Sal\u00e9 to Host Regular Season Beginning March 13; Kigali to Host BAL Finals The Basketball Africa League (BAL)\u00a0today announced the 12 club teams from 12 African countries that will compete in the league\u2019s inaugural season, which will tip off Friday, March 13 at the Dakar Arena in Dakar, Senegal: COUNTRY TEAM Algeria GSP\u00a0(Groupement Sportif des P\u00e9troliers) Angola Petro de Luanda (Clube Atl\u00e9tico Petroleos de Luanda) Cameroon FAP (Forces Arm\u00e9es et Police Basketball) Egypt Zamalek Madagascar GNBC (Gendarmerie Nationale Basketball Club) Mali AS Police (Association Sportive de la Police Nationale) Morocco AS Sal\u00e9 (Association Sportive de Sal\u00e9) Mozambique Ferrovi\u00e0rio de Maputo Nigeria Rivers Hoopers BC\u00a0(Rivers Hoopers Basketball Club) Rwanda Patriots BC\u00a0(Patriots Basketball Club) Senegal AS Douanes (Association Sportives des Douanes) Tunisia US Monastir\u00a0(Union Sportive Monastirienne) Champion from the country that was guaranteed representation in the inaugural BAL season Secured participation in the inaugural BAL season through a BAL qualifying tournament The announcement was made by BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall at the NBA All-Star 2020 Africa Luncheon in Chicago, in the presence of FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis, NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts, Retired General Martin E. Dempsey, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, FIBA President Hamane Niang, FIBA Africa and BAL Board President Anibal Manave, FIBA Africa Executive Director Alphonse Bil\u00e9, Philadelphia 76ers Co-Managing Partner David Blitzer, Milwaukee Bucks Co-Owners Wes Edens and Marc Lasry, Brooklyn Nets Alternate Governor Oliver Weisberg, NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum, Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri and members of the NBA family, including Las Vegas Aces center and three-time WNBA All-Star Liz Cambage (Australia; parent from Nigeria), New Orleans Pelicans Vice President of Basketball Operations and Team Development and three-time WNBA Champion Swin Cash, NBA Cares Ambassador Jason Collins, former NBA players Festus Ezeli (Nigeria), Mamadou N\u2019Diaye (Senegal) and Olumide Oyedeji (Nigeria), Boston Celtics two-way player Tacko Fall (Senegal), 2005 WNBA Champion Hamch\u00e9tou Ma\u00efga-Ba (Mali), two-time NBA Champion D.J. Mbenga (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Capital City Go-Go General Manager Pops Mensah-Bonsu (Ghana), NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Oklahoma City Thunder guard\/forward Abdel Nader (Egypt), Los Angeles Sparks forward and two-time WNBA All-Star Chiney Ogwumike (parents from Nigeria) and Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie (Nigeria). \u201cThis is a historic moment as we welcome the 12 teams that will participate in our inaugural season,\u201d said BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall.\u00a0 \u201cThese teams have earned the opportunity to represent their respective countries and will establish the BAL as a world-class product that entertains fans of all ages when the season tips off March 13.\u201d Champions from national leagues in six countries \u2013 Angola, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia \u2013 were guaranteed representation in the inaugural BAL season.\u00a0 The remaining six teams, which come from Algeria, Cameroon, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique and Rwanda, secured their participation through BAL qualifying tournaments conducted by FIBA Africa across the continent in late 2019. NIKE and Jordan Brand, the BAL\u2019s exclusive on-court outfitter, today unveiled\u00a0the official BAL uniforms.\u00a0 NIKE and Jordan Brand will outfit the league\u2019s 12 teams with official game uniforms, warmup apparel, socks and practice gear, with six teams featured in NIKE and the other six teams in Jordan Brand.\u00a0 The collaboration with NIKE and Jordan Brand marks the BAL\u2019s first partnership. The BAL has also launched the league\u2019s official website and social media accounts.\u00a0 Fans can now follow the BAL @theBAL on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and register their interest in receiving more information at\u00a0www.theBAL.com. The inaugural BAL regular season will take place in Cairo (Egypt), Dakar (Senegal), Lagos (Nigeria), Luanda (Angola), Monastir (Tunisia) and Sal\u00e9 (Morocco).\u00a0 Kigali (Rwanda) will host the first-ever BAL Playoffs and Finals. The BAL will debut with 12 club teams from across Africa divided into two conferences, with each conference playing in three cities.\u00a0 Each team will play five games in the regular season, facing every team in its conference once.\u00a0 The top four teams in each conference will qualify for the single-elimination playoffs in Kigali, Rwanda. Additional details about the BAL will be announced in the coming weeks.