Abidjan / Monastir (Cote d’Ivoire / Tunisia) – At the conclusion of the fourth window of the FIBA 2023 Basketball World Cup qualifiers on Sunday evening, August 28, the situation will be in the race for places for the world championship. Be more clear. Some teams might even qualify.
One of the best ways to understand the development of African basketball in recent years is to carefully analyze the Africa region qualifiers.
FIBAbasketball brings you some important stats here to help you get the most out of the next 18 matches.
What teams do you play?
The 12 nations still in contention were divided into two groups (E and F) of six teams each. Each team will play three matches in the fourth qualifying window (August 26-28), then three more matches in the fifth and final window in February 2023.
The teams participating in Group E are: Cote d’Ivoire, Cape Verde, Angola, Nigeria, Uganda and Guinea.
The teams in Group F are: South Sudan, Egypt, Tunisia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Senegal and Cameroon.
The first round of Group E will be held in Abidjan, while the first round of Group F will be held in Monastir.
Before this fourth window, only two countries lost: Cote d’Ivoire (4-0) and South Sudan (6-0).
Teams that finished first and second in Groups E and F will automatically qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 to be hosted by Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines.
How do you attend matches?
Fans wishing to attend Group F matches will be able to enter Salé Mohamed Mazali in Monastir for free, according to the Tunisian Basketball Federation.
Those who wish to watch Group E teams in action at the Palais des Sports de Treichville, in Abidjan, can purchase their tickets from the website.
For anyone who prefers watching matches from home, Courtside 1891 is the best solution to watch matches live and re-watch the best moments from the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Qualifiers.
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Experienced players in the NBA
The fourth window will not lack talented players, some of whom are well known to African basketball fans. Some employees will benefit from having optional reinforcements with past and current NBA players.
These are: Ismael Wainwright (Phoenix Suns / Uganda), Walter Tavares (formerly Atlanta Hawks / Cape Verde), Jonathan Cominga (Golden State Warriors / DR Congo), Bruno Fernando (Houston Rockets / Angola), Chimzi Mito (Sacramento Kings / Nigeria), Josh Okoji (Phoenix Suns/Nigeria), Salah Majri (formerly Dallas Mavericks/Tunisia) and Jorge Deng (Atlanta Hawks/Senegal). Senegalese Khalifa Diop has been selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the 2022 NBA Draft, but is expected to play in the Spanish Football League next season.
Players enjoying the ball experience
In addition to the NBA players, several teams will benefit from the experience their players have gained in the Basketball Africa League (BAL).
These teams are: Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Egypt, Cape Verde, Angola, Senegal, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon and Guinea.
What do the statistics say?
– Ivan Almeida (Cape Verde) averaged 11.6 points and 9.4 rebounds in five qualifying matches. He has picked up more than 10 rebounds in his last two matches, with only one player grabbing more than 10 consecutive times in the Africa region (Placide Nakidjim in 2018).
Nigeria lost its first match in the previous three qualifiers.
– Childi Dondao (Angola) averaged 3.5 balls per game during this qualifier, more than any other African player; In fact, he has participated in more than 3 out of 5 of his six entries in the competition so far.
South Sudan has never received 70 or more points in the qualifiers so far.
– Noni Omot (South Sudan) scored 94 points, the best total in the Africa region. He had at least one three-point shot in each of his six matches, and more than one four times.
– Salah Mejri (Tunisia) is currently averaging 10.5 points and 9.7 rebounds in six matches, collecting more than 9 rebounds each time; He attempted at least one three-point shot per match, but did not convert any (0/15).
Cameroonian Benoit Mbala scored more than 10 points in 10 Basketball World Cup qualifiers. However, he only managed this performance twice in the 2023 Basketball World Cup Qualifiers.
Former Cameroon international Alfred Apoya has taken over as coach of the Cameroon national football team, replacing Sacha Gueva.
New Sacramento Kings coach Mike Brown is back to lead Nigeria, a role played by Alan Major during the third window.
Emmanuel Mafumo is the new strongman of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The French-Congolese was assistant coach to Nigeria and Angola before replacing Thomas Drott.
Dejana Diop, a former FIBA participant, succeeded compatriot Boniface Ndong as coach of Senegal, while Serbian Dejan Prokic replaced Nacho Lescano on the bench in Ivory Coast.