Cape Verde v Zimbabwe at 2015 AfroBasket. Photo Courtesy
Cleveland Cavaliers Center Edy Tavares plays for Cape Verde.
Cape Verde, Chad, Central African Republic and Zimbabwe will compete for the final spot at the upcoming Africa Basketball Championship (AfroBasket).

The quartet will be in action in a special tournament in Bamako, Mali between May 19 and May 21; the victorious side will take up the spot vacated by Congo Republic following the country’s withdrawal from the competition.

Congo was originally set to host the games but withdrew citing “logistical reasons” and was replaced by Angola only for the Central African side to also pull out of the race.

All four teams competed in the qualifiers but failed to make it and also missed out on the Wild Cards slots which were awarded to Rwanda and Guinea.

Aside fighting for a place in the African Championship, all four teams stand the chance of competing in the World Cup qualifiers which start November 24 as an AfroBasket spot automatically qualifies the team to compete in the World Cup qualification games.

The 2017 AfroBasket is set to take place from August 19-30; the new host country is yet to be announced.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter


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