Rivers Hoopers Basketball Club have signed Ugandan International Robinson Odoch Opong as a replacement for the injured Festus Ezeli ahead of the Basketball Africa League (BAL) in Kigali, Rwanda.
The inaugural BAL season was originally scheduled to take off March 13 2020 but was postponed due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. The organizers have announced it will now take place between May 16 and 30 at the Kigali Arena.
Ezeli who joined the Kingsmen last week completed the four-man transfer scoop requirement for all teams participating in the BAL, but a new injury sustained by the 2015 NBA champion forced the Hoopers to sign Opong.
Rivers Hoopers head coach Ogoh Odaudu further explained Ezeli’s situation.
“Festus Ezeli signed with us to play the Basketball Africa League but in a recent interaction with his medical team they confirmed that he picked up an injury during training which could keep him out for 4 weeks,” he said.
“He was willing to play for us and I can tell you he is very disappointed the strain in his leg will prevent him from playing for Hoopers at the BAL.”
Robinson Odoch Opong, 31, has good continental playing experience. He represented his country, Uganda at the 2017 Afrobasket Championship.
Opong has also played for Huesca, Saskatchewan Rattlers of the Canadian Elite Basketball League, and Mozambican side Ferroviario Beira at the 2019 Africa Basketball League.
The 6’3 guard joins Ben Uzoh, Chris Daniels, and Taren Sullivan, in the Rivers Hooper’s team getting set to compete at the inaugural BAL season.