Zamalek SC, Face of the Inaugural Basketball Africa League 2021

Zamalek SC, Face of the Inaugural Basketball Africa League 2021

Zamalek SC defeated US Monastir on May 30 securing 13 points ahead of the Tunisian team to become the first-ever champions of the Basketball Africa League (BAL).

The inaugural BAL final held at Kigali Arena ended 76-63 in favor of the Egyptian stars.

Having won the FIBA Africa Champions Cup in 1992, BAL becomes Zamalek’s second continental trophy. The team played with unwavering determination. With such performance and consistency, they may not be far from dominating subsequent BAL seasons.

All thanks to Zamalek’s Souleyman Diabate, Michael Fakuade, and Chinemelu Elonu who came from the bench and skyrocketed the scoreboard contributing 40 points collectively. It all started with Zamalek’s 15-point lead after 8 minutes into the game.

Souleyman Diabate attempted 3-point shots for good 6 times and made 9 points successfully including a game-high 6 assists. Diabate is undoubtedly one of Africa’s finest point guards.

BAL Semi-finals: Journey to the Final

During the semi-finals, Petro de Luanda played against Zamalek and Rwanda Patriots faced US Monastir.

US Monastir defeated the host team, Rwanda Patriots to reach the peak of the tournament, while on the other hand, Zamalek defeated Petroleos de Luanda.

France president Emmanuel Macron and Rwanda president Paul Kagame watching Patriots BBC and Maputo during BAL quarterfinals.

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.

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