Tunisia and Cameroon have been awarded the hosting duties for AfroBasket 2015 and AfroBasket Women 2015 respectively, FIBA Africa announced.
After hours of deliberations and bid presentations by Angola, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, and Tunisia, the basketball governing body on the African continent selected Cameroon as the host nation for the 2015 edition of its leading women’s national team tournament. It will be the first time in their basketball history that the country hosts the championship.
After visible growth and exposure of the game in the country, including their best result – a fourth-place finish at AfroBasket Women 2013 in Maputo, Mozambique – the Cameroonian got the nod over Angola and Cote d’Ivoire.
Tunisia, champions at AfroBasket 2011, will host the men’s for the first time since 1987.
Angola and Central African Republic also submitted bids to host the championship, but Tunisia – the third highest ranked team on the African continent (23rd in the FIBA Ranking Men) – were chosen one to host Africa’s flagship event in 2015.
The winners of AfroBasket 2015 and AfroBasket Women 2015 will qualify directly for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The teams that come in second and third will compete in FIBA’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments for Men and Women for the remaining three berths on offer.