As teams based in Dakar, Senegal jet to Tunis, Tunisia following the completion of preliminary games, all is calm in this year’s African Nations Championship (AfroBasket).
Games at the group phase ended on Sunday September 10 and action returns on Thursday September 14 in Tunisia’s capital as the knockout phase of the competition commences.
The quarterfinals is the first to be played and heavily tipped title winners like Nigeria, Angola, Egypt, Senegal and co-host Tunisia are in the mix.
The opening tie at 13:00 GMT has an all North African derby between Morocco and Egypt. Egypt exited the 2015 competition at this stage and look to go a step further this year while Morocco is riding on a high after beating record winners Angola 60-53.
Defending Champions Nigeria takes its turn with a game against Cameroon and Tunisia plays surprise package Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Congolese place second in Group A behind Nigeria despite the absence of NBA players Emmanuel Mudiay and Bismack Biyombo; Congo beat Nigeria 83-77.
Senegal takes on Angola to round to complete the fixtures. Semifinal games and Final game will be played on September 15 and 16 respectively.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter