Angola has been selected as the new host of the 2017 Africa Basketball Championship (AfroBasket); Angola replaces Congo Republic as host of the biannual tournament.
The decision was made by FIBA Africa’s top brass at a meeting in Bamako, Mali following the withdrawal of Congo.
The reason behind the country’s quick turn around has been cited to be logistical challenges in the Central African nation.
This will be the fourth time Angola hosts the Championship after 1989, 1997 and 2007.
This year’s edition takes place between August 19-30 as 16 teams battle for the chance to win the continent’s most prestigious tournament.
Due to the rapid changes, another Wild Card slot will be given to a country as replacement for Congo; Rwanda and West African nation Guinea have been awarded similar paths to the Championship.
Angola lost to Nigeria in the 2015 edition held in Tunisia.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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