Battle for Quarter-Finals slots reaches defining point but two teams in Groups C and D will go home
For two national teams, Sunday, August 29 will mark the end of their FIBA AfroBasket 2021 odyssey in Kigali, Rwanda.
The winners of Groups C and D will advance automatically to the Quarter-Finals while the teams that finish second and third will have a second chance to advance to the Last Eight by playing the qualification round on Monday and Tuesday.
The second-placed team in Group C will play the third-place team from Group D while the team that finishes third in Group C will go up against the team that finishes second in Group D.
Ahead of Sunday’s games this is what the two groups look like:
Sundays’s fixtures are as follows:
Kenya vs Mali (12:00 pm GMT+2)
Nigeria vs Cote d’Ivoire (15:00 GMT +2)
South Sudan vs Uganda (18:00 am GMT+2)
Senegal vs Cameroon (21:00 GMT+2)
As co-leaders of Group C with two wins each Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria have – at least – ensured their presence in the qualification round for the Quarter-Finals.
But what makes this game a must-watch and intriguing one is the fact that the winner will enjoy a three-day break before the Last Eight round, while the second-placed team will continue their battle on Tuesday.
Sunday’s AfroBasket 2021 action will begin with two teams chasing their first win in the tournament when Kenya take on Mali. The winner of the game between Kenya and Mali is likely finish third in Group C – depending on point differential – and will remain in contention for their place in the Quarter-Finals while the team on losing side will be eliminated.
Kenya last won a game at AfroBasket back in 1993 when they beat Algeria 80-50 in the Group Phase in Nairobi
This is a must-win game for either side.
Meanwhile, in Group D, Senegal will finish in the top-three places, regardless of their result against Cameroon.
Both Uganda and South Sudan sit on a stronger position than Cameroon to stay in contention for a place in the top-three places of Group D.
After forfeiting their opening game against South Sudan due to COVID-19 situation within their delegation, Cameroon lost the participation point. They head to their second game on Sunday at 0-2 after losing to Uganda 80-66.