The 2022 FIBA Intercontinental Cup in Egypt
Monday، 07 February 2022 - 12:00 AM
Egypt will be the first ever African country to host the international basketball tournament in its history.
Organizing this tournament comes as a continuation of the Egyptian state’s approach towards hosting global events with the full support of the Egyptian political leadership of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Republic.
This edition of the FIBA Intercontinental Cup is set to mark a landmark in the history of the competition which started 56 years ago, as it will be taking place in an African country for the first time.
The event is poised to further enhance its unique transatlantic status by also becoming the first club competition in basketball history to feature contenders that will be representing four different regional leagues.
The tournament is scheduled to run from 11-13 February 2022, following the draw ceremony that will take place in the Egyptian city of Giza at 10:30 GMT (12:30 local time) on Saturday, January 15.
The draw will determine the Semi-Final pairings of the event which tips off in Cairo on February 11 with the two Semi-Finals, and concludes two days later with the Final and the 3rd-Place Game.
The four contenders in the 2022 edition are: tournament hosts and Basketball Africa League inaugural season champions Zamalek SC, Basketball Champions League Americas 2020-21 winners Flamengo, NBA G League 2020-21 champions Lakeland Magic and Basketball Champions League 2020-21 winners Hereda San Pablo Burgos, who are also the current FIBA Intercontinental Cup title holders.
The ceremony will be streamed live on the official FIBA YouTube channel
The distinguished panel that will conduct the draw is comprised of FIBA Africa Zone 5 president Hesham El-Hariri, Egyptian Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhy, Egyptian Basketball federation president Magdy Abou Frekha and BCL CEO Patrick Comninos.
The FIBA Intercontinental Cup returns this year to a final four-team format, with the participation of Brazil’s Flamengo, Lakeland Magic, Spain’s San Pablo Burgos, and Zamalek.
It is noteworthy that Zamalek SC was crowned the champion of the FIBA Africa Champions Cup in 1992, after defeating US Monastir of Tunisia 76-63 in the final in Rwanda last May.
The list of TV channels that will broadcast the FIBA Intercontinental Cup 2022 games from Cairo’s Hassan Mostafa Sports Hall includes:
The Draw Ceremony
The official draw of the FIBA Intercontinental Cup 2022 concluded on Saturday, unveiling the path to the trophy for each of the four contenders at the big event that is set to take place in Cairo, Egypt from February 11-13, 2022.
The spectacular Giza Plateau provided the backdrop for the draw ceremony of this milestone edition of the FIBA Intercontinental Cup, as it is the first time in history that an African country plays host to the competition.
In the first Semi-Final, Flamengo, the champions of the Basketball Champions League Americas (BCLA), will face NBA
G League 2020-21 winners Lakeland Magic.
In the second Semi-Final, Zamalek SC, the champions of the inaugural Basketball Africa League campaign, will take on Basketball Champions League 2020-21 winners San Pablo Burgos, who are also the current FIBA Intercontinental Cup title holders.
The Semi-Final between Flamengo and Lakeland Magic is set to take place at 17:00 local time (15:00 GMT) on Friday, February 11 and that between Zamalek and Burgos will tip off at 20:00 local time (18:00 GMT) on the same day.
The winners will face off in the Final at 20:00 local time (18:00 GMT) on Sunday, February 13, with the 3rd-Place Game taking place at 17:00 local time (15:00 GMT).
The ambassador of the 2022 event, Egyptian soccer legend and former Zamalek player Mido, accepted the task of conducting the draw at the Giza Plateau and took the opportunity to profess his love of basketball.
The distinguished panel at the ceremony included Egyptian Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhy, FIBA Africa Zone 5 president Hesham El-Hariri, Egyptian Basketball federation president Magdy Abou Frekha and BCL CEO Patrick Comninos.
Magdy Abofrekha, President of the Egyptian Basketball Federation (EBF), revealed that Egypt has everything needed to organize the 2022 FIBA Intercontinental Cup.Abofrekha added “Organizing this competition is a new step towards proving our ability to once again host global events, as we hosted the FIBA U19 World Cup in 2017 and many other international tournaments. We are looking forward to meeting our friends in Cairo and witnessing an historic event together."
About FIBAFIBA (fiba.basketball), the world governing body for basketball, is an independent association formed by 212 National Basketball Federations throughout the world. It is recognized as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).