DAKAR, 25 April 2021 – Basketball Africa League (BAL) and Wilson Sporting Goods Co. (Wilson) on Saturday unveiled the Official Game Ball in Dakar.

The historic inaugural BAL will tip off Sunday, May 16 at the Kigali (Rwanda) Arena, with the first final scheduled to be held on Sunday, May 30.

Inaugural Basketball Africa League - Photo BBC

Inaugural Basketball Africa League – Photo BBC

NBA's Basketball Africa League to Debut in May 2021 - Photo ESPN

NBA’s Basketball Africa League to Debut in May 2021 – Photo ESPN

Twelve teams from across Africa will compete in the new professional league sponsored by and connected to the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the United States and Canada.

Made of 100 percent composite leather, the official BAL game ball features the league’s primary logo and social media handle: @the BAL.

The words “Inspire, Empower, Elevate” are also displayed on the ball.

Basketball Africa League Ready for Tip Off - Photo FIBA

Basketball Africa League Ready for Tip-Off – Photo FIBA

It integrates Wilson’s latest technology featuring an enhanced grip and a soft, moisture-minimalizing feel, according to the official description.

“Wilson’s rich history in basketball combined with its current product innovations will help us build the BAL into one of the top professional basketball leagues in the world,” said BAL President Amadou Gallo.

Kigali Arena Venue of Inaugural Tournament - Photo ENR

Kigali Arena Venue of Inaugural Tournament – Photo ENR

Kigali Arena to Host Basketball Africa League - Photo FIBA

Kigali Arena to Host Basketball Africa League – Photo FIBA

Participating teams in the inaugural season will be the champions of Angola, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, and Tunisia.

The other six teams will come from Algeria, Cameroon, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, and host country Rwanda.

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