South Africa’s Male Basketball Team has clinched a spot in this year’s Africa Basketball Championship (AfroBasket) by qualifying ahead of Zimbabwe in the playoff qualifier which took place in Johannesburg.
Despite losing 68-70 to Zimbabawe, South Africa has made it to the Championship courtesy a 142-137 aggregate score in the two leg playoffs.
On April 15, the rainbow nation topped its fellow South African neighbor 74-67 after rallying from a 21 point deficit.
South Africa makes a return to the Championship after a lengthy absence; the side last qualified for the Championship in 2011.
The team’s qualification puts the number of qualified sides in the upcoming tournament to 14 with two spots to be filled.
Those spots will be decided by FIBA Africa through Wild Card selections.
This year’s AfroBasket is set to commence on August 19 and end on August 30 in Brazzaville, Congo Republic. Qualified teams include Senegal, Angola, Tunisia and Ivory Coast.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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