Rivers Hoopers Drawn Against Killer Teams In Nile Conference Of Inaugural Edition Of The Basketball Africa League
Rivers Hoopers who are Nigeria’s representatives in the inaugural edition of the Basketball Africa League that will tip-off on March 20 in Monastir, Tunisia, have been drawn in the Nile Conference alongside:
* Zamalek of Egypt
* Union Sportive Monastirienne of Tunisia
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* Mozambique’s Ferroviario de Maputo
* Forces Armes et Police Basketball of Cameroun
* Patriots Basketball Club of Rwanda.
The Champions from national leagues in six countries – Nigeria, Angola, Egypt, Morocco, Senegal, and Tunisia were guaranteed a spot in the inaugural BAL season, while the remaining six teams from Cameroun, Rwanda, Madagascar, Mali, Algeria, and Mozambique secured their tickets through the qualifying tournament.
The 12 teams have been drawn into two Conferences the Sahara Conference and Nile Conference. Each team will play the five opponents in their Conference in three different cities once. Then the top four teams in each conference will advance to the single-elimination playoffs in Rwanda scheduled for May.
Rivers Hoopers will play its five games in Tunisia, Egypt, and Lagos. The Port Harcourt based team has intensified training and have recently unveiled their new Nike kits for the tournament.