In a magnificent display of skill and determination, Egypt’s Al Ahly emerged triumphant over Senegal’s AS Douanes to become 2023 Basketball Africa League (BAL) champions. The thrilling showdown was at the BK Arena in Kigali, Rwanda this past Saturday, 27 May.

Al Ahly swept Senegal’s AS Douanes 80-65 to win the title.

The momentous occasion was graced by the esteemed presence of BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall and FIBA Africa President Anibal Manave. Together, they bestowed upon Al Ahly the prestigious BAL Championship Trophy, a symbol of their unrivaled triumph.

Furthermore, Al Ahly’s outstanding forward, Anunwa “Nuni” Omot, was honored with The Hakeem Olajuwon Trophy, recognizing him as the deserving recipient of the 2023 BAL Most Valuable Player Award. Omot’s stellar performance throughout the season, characterized by remarkable per game averages of 18.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists, solidified his status as a true star in the league.

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Al Ahly’s journey to championship glory was not an easy one. With a formidable record of 7-1 during the Nile Conference group phase and Playoffs, they navigated through a series of arduous battles. Overcoming Rwanda Energy Group and Mali’s Stade Malien in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively, they emerged as worthy contenders for the ultimate prize. Meanwhile, in an intense clash for third place, Stade Malien triumphed over Angola’s Club Atlético Petróleos de Luanda (Petro de Luanda) with a resolute scoreline of 73-65, securing their spot on the podium.

This remarkable tale of victory and glory will forever be etched in the annals of basketball history. Al Ahly’s feat serves as a testament to the indomitable spirit of the game, uniting nations and transcending boundaries to create a truly global spectacle.

Al Ahly’s Nuni Omot received the esteemed title of Most Valuable Player (MVP), solidifying his exceptional contributions to the team’s success. Additionally, Aliou Diarra, a talented player from Stade Malien, secured the highly coveted Defensive Player of the Year accolade, showcasing his prowess in thwarting opponents’ advances. Furthermore, the Coach of the Year award was bestowed upon Pabi Gueye, the esteemed mentor of AS Douanes, recognizing his exceptional leadership and strategic acumen.