The 2020 National Basketball League (NBL) will tipoff on March 6th according to FUBA head of communication and Marketing Arnold Katabi.
If this comes to pass, the league will have started just 47 days after the past edition’s finals which ended on January 19, 2020.
This year’s tip off dates mean that the league will have started a month earlier than usual – Last season, it started on April 12, 2019.
“The date is still tentative but it’s not a rush,” Katabi told The-SportsNation. “It’s just to ensure that we start and finish the league before the last quarter which has so many engagements by the clubs and the National Teams.”
The closing stages of the year will notably have Afrobasket qualifiers, not to mention other club engagements.
Some of the past league finals have been postponed to all City Oilers (Champions) to finish off with their Continental engagements.
The 2019 final series were halted at game three as Oilers had to participate in the Basketball Africa League qualifiers in Kigali, Rwanda. Consequently, the remaining games had to be played the following year.
UPDF Tomahawks and Namuwongo Blazers are the promoted teams from Division one after the relegation of Our Saviour and Kampala University in the men’s category.
Nabisunsa and Magic Stormers are the new entrants in the women division, replace YMCA lady Hamsters and MUK Sparks.
NBL – City Oilers, UCU Canons, Warriors, Betway Power, JKL Dolphins, KIU Titans, Ndejje Angels, KCCA Men, Sharing Youth, Falcons, UPDF Tomahawks, Nam Blazers.
WNBL – JKL Lady Dolphins, UCU Lady Canons, KIU Rangers, KCCA Leopards, A1 Challenge, Nkumba Lady Marines, Angels BC, UMU Ravens, Magic Stormers, Nabisunsa Girls