The vociferous support from fans inside the Kilamba Arena in Luanda was the deciding factor in Angola’s second win of the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers.
Angola beat Egypt 68-64 in a tough game for the home side who had to rally late to clinch the win and effectively seal its spot in the second round.
The record winners of the African Nations Championship (AfroBasket) play Democratic Republic of Congo in its final game in the first round. Congo is yet to win a game in the group.
Beating the North Africans couldn’t have been accomplished without the support of the packed arena according to Egypt Assistant Coach Sabry Saleh.
“We failed to control the game in the final minutes because of the home crowd. The tempo was too much for us and Angola were able to benefit from the support of the fans, about 10,500 fans” he said in an interview with FIBA.
Egypt plays its final game tonight Morocco following the latter’s 88-81 overtime win over Congo.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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