The Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire join 10 nations that have secured a spot in the upcoming African Basketball Championship (AfroBasket 2017).
The West African nation sealed its fate in the biannual competition by winning all three games played in the second phase of qualifiers including a deciding 62-52 win over Benin in Abdjan.
With qualification to the event which will be held in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo between August 19-30, Cote d’Ivoire can start preparations for the tournament.
Aside defending Champions Nigeria and host Congo, the likes of Egypt, Tunisia, Uganda, Mozambique, DR Congo, Mali, Senegal and Morocco have also sealed spots in the event.
However, five more vacancies are to be filled by teams currently competing in qualifiers at different spots on the continent.
Cameroon is in prime position to qualify from Zone 4 as it leads the group with maximum points from two games played. Cameroon leads Chad and Gabon respectively and plays Gabon on March 29 and Chad on March 30 in Yaounde.
Angola is locked up in a heated battle for qualification with South Africa and Zambia. Angola sits atop Zone 6 with four points a point ahead of South Africa and Zambia.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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