BAL 2024: How the Nile Conference shapes up ahead of season four return

BAL 2024: How the Nile Conference shapes up ahead of season four return

The fourth season of the Basketball Africa League (BAL) returns on Friday, April 19, with the Nile Conference scheduled for the Hassan Mostafa Sports Hall in Cairo, Egypt.

Twelve games will be played in the Nile Conference, which is made up of four teams: host and defending champions Al Ahly SC (Egypt), Al Ahly Benghazi (Libya), City Oilers (Uganda) and Bangui Sporting Club (BSC) of Central African Republic.

Two matches will be played on every game day, and the four teams in the conference will face each other twice in the round-robin phase from April 19 to April 27, with the top two sides guaranteed a place in the playoffs slated for the BK Arena in Kigali, Rwanda, in May.

On Friday, April 19, the Nile Conference will open with a clash of debutants between Libya’s Al Ahly Benghazi and Bangui Sporting Club of the Central African Republic. Shortly after, hosts Al Ahly will lock horns against Uganda’s City Oilers.

The sides will also be in action again on Saturday, April 20, with BSC taking on the Oilers, while 2023 champions Al Ahly will take on Libya’s Al Ahly Bengazi.

After a one-day rest, they will all be back in action on Monday, April 22, when City Oilers will battle Al Ahly Benghazi, while BSC and Al Ahly faceoff.

Wednesday, April 24, will mark the beginning of the second phase of the round robin, and on that day, Bangui Sporting Club will rekindle their rivalry against Al Ahly Benghazi, while City Oilers will take on Egypt’s Al Ahly.

The games on Friday, April 26, will be a rerun of the games played on Sunday, April 20, as BSC and the Oilers, as well as Al Ahly and Al Ahly Bengazi, will all face each other again.

The Nile Conference will come to an end on Saturday, April 27, with Al Ahly Benghazi facing City Oilers, while Al Ahly and Bangui Sporting Club will lock horns once again.

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