Preview Group E – FIBA ​​2023 Basketball World Cup 2023 Africa Qualifiers

Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire) – Imagine three former African champions getting together in a group to try to secure a place in the upcoming FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup. Add to this the fact that these three teams are in the continental top five in the FIBA ​​World Rankings, and have finished on the podium in the last three editions of the FIBA ​​AfroBasket. Do you imagine? This is how Group E of the 2023 Basketball World Cup qualifiers in Africa consists.

When Group E enters the competition in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Angola and Nigeria will face direct competition, as well as Cape Verde, which is currently in full confidence.

To complete this group of six teams, Guinea and Uganda will come to sell their skin dearly in Côte d’Ivoire, hoping to revive it in order to get their first FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup qualification.

It is also important to note that Ivory Coast, Angola and Nigeria all participated in the recent FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup and that these three countries intend to participate again.

All matches will take place between Friday 26 August and Sunday 28 August at the Palais des Sports de Treichville in Abidjan.

This is the current situation in the fifth group:

0/18 matches played

All results of the first round are kept for the second round

Friday 26 August

Guinea – Cape Verde – 1:00 pm (local time)
Angola – Uganda – 4:00 pm (local time)
Ivory Coast – Nigeria – 7:00 pm (local time)

Saturday 27 August

Cape Verde – Angola – 1:00 pm (local time)
Nigeria – Guinea – 4:00 pm (local time)
Uganda – Ivory Coast – 7:00 pm (local time)

Sunday 28 August

Angola – Nigeria – 1:00 pm (local time)
Guinea – Uganda – 4:00 pm (local time)
Ivory Coast – Cape Verde – 7:00 pm (local time)

Abidjan will allow these six teams – Angola, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Nigeria and Uganda – to assert themselves.

Group E can easily be referred to as the “Group of Death”, given its make-up, between the former African champions, the historical competitions it will present, and the fact that only two teams will qualify directly for the FIBA ​​World Cup 2023.

As the only country undefeated and, moreover, with the advantage of playing in front of their fans, Ivory Coast should be able to continue their unbeaten streak at home, but it is clear that they will be the team to beat.

However, coach Natxo Lezkano – who is not available for this fourth window – has been replaced by Serbian Dejan Prokic and the absence of promising Assemian Moulare and confirmation of Matt Costello is likely to weigh heavily. It will be interesting to see if the elephants will be able to adapt to the realities of the moment, especially as they will oppose Nigeria, Cape Verde and Uganda, opponents who do not hesitate to show themselves with ambition.

The good news from Ivory Coast is the return of Slimane Diabatti, the experienced distributor who has been a mainstay in the team for many years.

To end Ivory Coast’s six-match winning streak at home, which began in February 2019, Nigeria’s D’Tigers, Cape Verde Blue Sharks and Uganda Silverbacks will need to be more than ‘ambitious’. They will have to do their best against a team that has only been separated from the FIBA ​​Basketball World Cup by three victories.

Cape Verde are second in the group and despite their defeat by Senegal in a friendly last week, they intend to continue with their current dynamic.

Do you remember the last confrontation between Angola and Nigeria? It dates back to August 2015. Nigeria beat Angola in the FIBA ​​AfroBasket Final in Tunisia, claiming their first continental title.

Angola and Nigeria tied 2-2, but the former has a slight advantage in the points difference.

The last time Cape Verde and Angola played each other in the FIBA ​​AfroBasket 2021 was when the islanders stunned the Angolans, the 11-time African champion, in the group stage. This week’s meeting will be their first in 12 months.

Finally, it is worth noting that in February 2019, Nigeria were humiliated 72-46 by Cote d’Ivoire in Abidjan, during the 2019 FIBA ​​World Cup Qualifiers in Africa.

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Slimane Diabatti – Ivory Coast

Cuts : 1.85 m
Statistics in June/July:
did not play

Diabatti did not participate in the latest qualifying period in his hometown of Abidjan, but he will be there this time. Possibly the most experienced player in Cote d’Ivoire’s squad, Diabatti may certainly no longer be as aggressive in attack as he was ten years ago, but his knowledge of the game remains a tremendous asset to the Ivorians.

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Gilson Bango – Angola

Date of Birth : 6 June 1999
Cuts : 2.08 pm
Statistics in June/July: 10.6 points, 8.6 RIP, 14 ratings

Pango has everything that the former Angolan stars did not have when they dominated the African continent: he is large, the scope for improvement is enormous and he is inclined to end his actions in power. Bango appears to be the perfect complement to Bruno Fernando, the first Angolan to play in the NBA and who should represent his country for the first time in six years.

Here is the ranking of Group E teams in the FIBA ​​World Ranking, presented by Nike, at global and continental level:


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