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Over the weekend, a team from Burundi lost one of its games in the Basketball Africa League after refusing to display a tournament sponsor’s logo on the front of their jerseys.

Dynamo BBC, a team from Bujumbura, Burundi, lost their BAL game against FUS Rabat from Morocco on Sunday because they declined to showcase the Visit Rwanda logo, promoting tourism in the neighboring country. The match was officially deemed a 20-0 victory for FUS Rabat.

Dynamo played their opening game of the Kalahari Conference against the Cape Town Tigers on Saturday and emerged victorious with a score of 86-73. In protest, they covered the Visit Rwanda logo on their jerseys with black tape during this game.

Dynamo BBC players before their game against Cape Town Tigers on Saturday with the Visit Rwanda logo blacked out on the front.

The Dynamo Basketball Club (Burundi) forfeited their game against FUS Rabat Basketball (Morocco) on Sunday, March 10th, at the SunBet Arena for failing to comply with the league rules regarding jersey and uniform requirements, BAL President Amadou Gallo Fall announced today.

— Basketball Africa League Press Release

Following the Saturday game, Dynamo players did not elaborate much on the protest but confirmed that it was related to political tensions between Burundi and Rwanda.

In January, Burundi closed its border with Rwanda. Burundian President Évariste Ndayishimiye has accused the Rwandan government under President Paul Kagame of supporting the RED-Tabara rebel militia.

Courtesy of HeraldLive.co.za

American guard Bryton Hobbs mentioned on Sunday during an Instagram Live session: „The government told us [club] President [Joe Dassin] that we cannot play, so they told the BAL that we have to forfeit our game because we blocked out the ‚Visit Rwanda‘ thing.

„My thing is: We knew what we were getting into when we joined the BAL. People had to sign contracts with sponsors and stuff to know what they were getting into, and yet we go train outside for a whole month.

„Then we come here and finally get a game; we win by 13, were actually up by 20 the whole game, only to come next day and [have them] say, ‚Hey, you can’t play anymore because the jerseys have Visit Rwanda on them,‘ which is crazy, because RwandAir is flying in and out of Burundi all the time.“

Courtesy of HeraldLive.co.za

The BAL Kalahari Conference games are being held in Pretoria, South Africa. Dynamos‘ next scheduled game is against Clube Atlético Petroleos de Luanda from Angola on Tuesday, March 12th. It remains unclear whether Dynamo will uncover the Visit Rwanda logo for this game.

Founded in 2019 as a partnership between the NBA and FIBA, the BAL aims to establish a premier continent-wide basketball league in Africa. This year, 12 teams have qualified for the tournament, competing in three four-team conferences, with the top eight teams advancing to the knockout stage and playoffs. The defending champions are Al Ahly from Egypt.

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