|Event||2021 BAL season|
|Date||30 May 2021|
|Venue||Kigali Arena, Kigali, Rwanda|
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, attendance in the arena was limited and 1,789 people were present. Egyptian side Zamalek defeated Tunisian side US Monastir 76–63 to win its first BAL championship and second African championship, having won the 1992 continental title.
|Team||Previous final appearances (bold indicates winners)|
3 in FIBA Africa Basketball League (1975, 1976, 1992)
On 1 August 2019, the Kigali Arena, built and opened in 2019, was announced as host of the Final Four of the BAL tournament. The arena has a capacity for approximately 10,000 people and hosted the AfroBasket 2021 qualifiers and Rwandan National Basketball League before.
The format of the league was later changed and the entire season was eventually played in Kigali. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, attendance was limited and all spectators had to follow social distancing rules.
The Monastir team featured seven players who are also members of the Tunisian national team. During the BAL, the team impressed in the group stage by beating all its opponents and being the only team to achieve more than 100 points in a single game as they have beaten the GNBC of Madagascar by 113 to 66. They qualified as the first seed to the play-offs and were deemed as "favourites" for the title early on by ESPN.
Zamalek won the Egyptian Super League in 2019, its first title in 11 years, to qualify for the inaugural BAL season. In the 1990s, the club had been successful at the continental level as well with a FIBA Africa Basketball League title in 1992 and a lost final in 1998. Adding up appearances in the former FIBA competition, this was Zamalek's fifth continental final.
At the moment of playing in the BAL, Zamalek was still active in the semifinals of the 2020–21 Egyptian League. Ahead of the season, the team strengthened itself with Michael Fakuade, Mouloukou Diabate and Chinemelu Elonu. The team played impressive in the group stage, beating all three opponents to go into the playoffs as the second seed.
Road to the finals
|GNBC||113–66||Round 1||Ferroviário de Maputio||71–55|
|Rivers Hoopers||99–70||Round 2||AS Douanes||86–62|
|Patriots||91–75||Round 3||GS Pétroliers||97–64|
|Group A first place
|Regular season||Group C first place
|Patriots||87–64||Semifinals||Petro de Luanda||89–71|
|30 May 2021||US Monastir||63–76||Zamalek||Kigali|
|14:00 GMT||Scoring by quarter: 22–17, 20–27, 9–11, 12–21|
|Pts: Ben Romdhane & Crawford 14
Rebs: Ben Romdhane 10
Asts: Abada 5
||Pts: Fakuade 15
Rebs: Elonu 12
Asts: Diabate 6
|Arena: Kigali Arena
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