Kigali (Rwanda) / Alexandria (Egypt) / Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) – The first three days of July will determine which 12 teams will participate in the second round of FIBA 2023 Basketball World Cup qualifiers in Africa. The five posters we recommend that you do not miss under any circumstances:
July 1, 2022 – Group C – Central African Republic – Guinea
Nothing less than a round two place will be at stake in this confrontation between the Central African Republic and Guinea. RCA has yet to win a single match, and Guinea have their only success against this same opponent (76-71). After the matches against Cote d’Ivoire and Angola, it seems clear that the outcome of this match will be decisive for both teams. The Central African Republic knows it has the potential to beat Guinea, having won 61-60 during the group stage of FIBA AfroBasket 2021. Guinea, for its part, knows they have a 4 point difference in case of defeat. But the choice of the coach Zeljko Zecevic is aware that the first-round record will carry over to the second round, so you wouldn’t want to enter Stage Two with a single victory over her name..
July 1, 2022 – Group C – Angola vs Ivory Coast
Angola will surely want to avenge the final confrontation on the first day against Cote d’Ivoire, who are undefeated (3-0). The Angolans were 17 points ahead of their duels in the first qualifying window, but finally lost 57-56 to their home crowd in Benguela. This time, it’s the Ivorians’ turn to be Angola’s hosts and coach Jose Claros probably won’t need much motivation. An Angola win could give them top spot in the group and allow them to take a big step towards qualifying for the next round.. Ivory Coast will try to confirm its current good momentum, by taking the final place in the FIBA AfroBasket 2021.
Jul 2, 2022 – Group A – Mali vs Nigeria
Mali will initially have to be wary of Uganda in their first match in Rwanda before considering revenge against Nigeria in the second match. The two countries approach this window with a similar record (2-1). Boubacar Kanoute andI must definitely regret the ending of the game in the first confrontation. With a 12-point lead at the start of the third quarter, the Mali team lost to Nigeria 72-70. Le Mali, déjà vaincu au FIBA AfroBasket 2021 (81-73) et lors de leurs deux matchs des Éliminatoires Zone Afrique de la Coupe du Monde FIBA 2019 (82-59 et 93-53), en 2018, entend bien s’imposer cette Once.
July 2, 2022 – Group B – South Sudan vs Tunisia
Depending on what happens in the first round – South Sudan will face Rwanda and Tunisia will face Cameroon, this second confrontation between the two teams could determine the top spot in Group B. This is the duel between the African champions in the title and who currently appears. In the best shape on the continent promises to be exciting. Tunisia proved their supremacy at the FIBA AfroBasket 2021, winning the match 80-65 in the quarter-finals, but South Sudan learned lessons from that defeat as proven in February, controlling the match during the second quarter and resisting the return leg. The Tunisians win 72-64. It is a safe bet that they want to take revenge on them and assert their control in Africa. Can South Sudan extend its fairy tale?
July 3, 2022 – Group D – DR Congo vs Egypt
The two teams hold the same record (2-1), as well as the same record for Senegal. This poster will be the last in Group D and the two countries can already have the qualification in their pocket – if they beat Kenya – when they play this match. Depending on the results of the first two meetings of this qualifying window, the Congolese, Egyptian and Senegalese teams could end up in a tie, meaning that head-to-head matches are likely to have a very important role. As a reminder, Egypt won 62-51 in the first duel.