Basketball: Egypt’s Ahly win 2023 Basketball Africa League title

Mahmoud Elassal , Saturday 27 May 2023

Egyptian basketball league holders Ahly have claimed the title of the third edition of the Basketball Africa League (BAL) after defeating Senegal’s AS Douanes 80-65 in the final game of the tournament that was held in Kigali, Rwanda.

Al-Ahly player in hold of the ball during the match against AS Douanes on Saturday 27 May, 2023. Photo courtesy of Al-Ahly basketball Facebook page.


The BAL is a collaboration between the National Basketball Association NBA and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to promote the NBA league outside North America.

The Egyptian champions put on impressive performances in the qualifying rounds.

In the quarterfinals, Ahly outclassed hosts Energy Group (REG) 94-77

And in the semifinals, in a thriller that went down to the wires, Ahly beat Stade Malien of Mali 78-73.

The win in Rawanda makes Ahly the second Egyptian side to win the BAL in just three years of existence after Zamalek won the inaugural edition, which was also held in Rwanda, in 2021.

The BAL title secures a place for the Egyptian side in the FIBA World Cup which will be held in Singapore in September.

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