Basketball: FIBA Announce Africa Basketball League Host Cities

Nigeria’s representatives at the inaugural FIBA Africa Basketball League (FIBA ABL), Rivers Hoopers and Civil Defenders have been drawn against North African teams.

Rivers Hoopers, who are in Group A in the ABL Championship, will face defending champions, AS Sale of Morocco, JS Kairouan of Tunisia and S.L.A.C of Guinea, while Civil Defenders are in Group B alongside ES Rades of Tunisia, Elan Sportif of Benin and BC Terreur of DR Congo.

16 teams from across Africa featured in the draws held at the Hotel Pullman, Abidjan.

According to the organisers, the games will be played in a round robin format from February 8 to March 10 across different African cities.

The following cities have been awarded hosts of their groups; Group A will be hosted in Sale, Morocco from March 1-3; Group B in Cotonou, Benin Republic from March 8-10; Cairo, Egypt will play host to Group C between February 8-10 while Group D will take place in Antananarivo, Madagascar from February 15-17.

Window one is between February 8 to 10, Window 2 (February 15 to17), Window 3 (March 1 to 3), while Window 4 will hold from March 8 to10.
Top teams from each group will advance to the elite eight, where clubs will be divided into four groups of two teams each. The games will be played from March 22 to April 14 on a home and away format.

In other pools, Al Ahly (Egypt) will battle Primeiro De Agosto (Angola), Ferroviaro Beira (Mozambique) and R.E.G BBC (Rwanda) in Group C, while to fight in Group D are Petro de Luanda of Angola, Smouha of Egypt, ASB Mazembe (DR Congo) and C.O.S.P.N (Madagascar). The winners of the four groups will advance to the finals to be played from May 3 to 5.