Cobras Basketball Club in Tanzania for Africa Clubs Championship

Cobras Basketball Club in Tanzania for Africa Clubs Championship
Cobra basketball team landed Tanzania – Dar es Salaam on Wednesday to take part in the Africa Clubs Championship qualifiers (photo credi: Cobra BC Facebook)

The Cobra Basketball Club has arrived in Tanzania for the second edition of the Basketball Africa League (BAL) set to be played next year.

The team arrived on Wednesday ahead of the group games expected to kick off yesterday.

The hosts, Kurasini Heats from Tanzania, are in Group E alongside Brave Hearts from Malawi, City Oilers of Uganda, and Burundian side New Stars.

The South Sudanese Cobra boys will be returning to familiar land with their tastes on a place at the impressive BAL. 

The fans are yet to see what the boys can do after their promises with a plan to take on newcomers Ulinzi Warriors in the group’s first encounter which is expected to set the ball rolling for the action of basketball in the East Division.

In a media briefing in Tanzania, Dut Abraham, the Cobra head of delegation assured the fans of better performance in the league.

He revealed that the team went for the African basketball league, adding that it was their second time participating after the 2019 competition.

“We will be playing the first game later today (Friday) evening, which is 29th followed by 30th game and 31st, the team is ready only they need fans to support,” Mr Abraham stressed. 

“We are readier, more focussed this time and we are trying to do our level best to put our country somewhere in the competition,” he promised.

Cobra Basketball Club was in Group D with Kenyan side Ulinzi Warriors, Ethiopian outfit Hawassa City and AS of Madagascar.

Meanwhile, City Oilers, who also failed to continue in the BAL Qualifiers in 2019 will start their fight against the New Stars of Burundi.

 Malawian Brave Hearts will start their competition against the Hosts Kurasini Heat which they will be looking to protect home court benefit.

Only the top two teams in each group at the end of the round-robin format will progress to the final round of qualification next month and in December. 

Cobra, City Oilers, and Hawassa are the only three returning teams to the first round of BAL Qualification in Division East while the rest of the teams are debutants.

The 24-team Road to BAL 2022 is split into six groups with 12 teams competing in the West Division and 12 teams drawn in the East Division.

The six national league champions from Angola, Egypt, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal and Tunisia have automatically qualified to BAL 2022.