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BAL Qualifiers: City Oilers eventually qualify for tournament

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City Oilers join Cape Town Tigers and Ferroviario Beira after beating Urunani to book the remaining ticket for the 2023 Basketball Africa League next year in Kigali, Rwanda.

Since the BAL’s inaugural edition in 2019, this is the first time Oilers have qualified for the 12 team tournament.

The well Oiled machine won the third place plaf-off during the Elite 16 of the Division East  71-62 at the Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa in order to advance.

On Saturday, both the Oilers and Urunani had lost their semifinal encounters 75-69 and 68-62 against Cape Tigers and Ferroviario Beira respectively an action that set them up fora mouthwatering third place encounter.

However on the other side, it was the Cape Town Tigers that came out on top beating Ferroviario Beira 81-71 in the final only to Champion the Elite 16.

The 12 teams will be SLAC (Guinea), ABC Fighters (Ivory Coast), Stade Malien (Mali), Cape Town Tigers (South Africa), Ferroviário da Beira (Mozambique) and of course City Oilers (Uganda).

The other six(6) have automatic qualification status and are champions of the top seeded basketball countries in Africa like AL Ahly (Egypt) , REG basketball Club (Rwanda) , Petro de Luanda (Angola) , Kwara Falcons (Nigeria), Union Sportive de Monastir (Tunisia) and As Douanes (Senegal) .

The Basketball Africa League will be held in Kigali, Rwanda.

Jeremiah Mugalu

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