2023 Basketball Africa League (BAL) (www.BAL.NBA.com) champion Al Ahly (Egypt) will participate in the 2023 FIBA Intercontinental Cup (ICC) at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore from Sept. 21-24, 2023.
Al Ahly will compete in Group A alongside Brazil’s Sesi Franca (BCLA champion) (https://apo-opa.info/3rqEf33) and NBA G League Ignite (NBA G League) (https://GLeague.NBA.com/). Group B consists of China’s Zhejiang Golden Bulls (CBA) (https://www.CBALeague.com/), Bahrain’s Al Manama (WASL champion) (https://apo-opa.info/3EIShAf) and Germany’s Telekom Baskets Bonn (BCL champion) (https://www.ChampionsLeague.Basketball/). The three teams in each group will compete in round-robin play over the first three days of the tournament, with the top team in each group advancing to the finals on Sept. 24. Prior to the finals, the remaining four teams will play in the classification games.
Al Ahly earned a spot in the 33rd edition of the tournament after defeating Senegal’s AS Douanes 80-65 to win the 2023 BAL Finals (https://apo-opa.info/3t3M2nP) at BK Arena in Kigali, Rwanda in May.
Al Ahly’s roster will be headlined by Ehab Amin, who averaged 12.7 points and 3.9 assists per game throughout the 2023 BAL season to help his team secure the championship. Al Ahly finished with a 7-1 record during the Nile Conference group phase and playoffs, defeating Rwanda Energy Group and Mali’s Stade Malien in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively, to advance to the 2023 BAL Finals. Al Ahly will be coached by two-time BAL champion Agustin Julbe Bosch who won the championship in 2021 with Zamalek (Egypt) and in 2023 with Al Ahly. Bosch currently holds the best win-loss record (13-1) of any coach in the history of the league. In his first BAL season, Bosch’s Zamalek finished 6-0, before leading Al Ahly to a 7-1 mark this season.
Former NBA Academy Africa prospects Babacar Sane (Senegal) and Thierry Serge Darlan (Central African Republic) of NBA G League Ignite will also participate in the FIBA ICC. Sane and Darlan were part of the inaugural BAL Elevate (https://apo-opa.info/3sVMLHZ) program in 2022 and played for Senegal’s Dakar Université Club (DUC) and Angola’s Petro de Luanda, respectively.
This marks the third consecutive year that the reigning BAL champion participates in the FIBA ICC tournament, following Zamalek’s (Egypt) participation in 2021 and US Monastir’s (Tunisia) participation in 2022.