The draw for this year’s FIBA Africa Under 18 Championship has been completed ahead of the competition later this month.
Reigning Champions Mali headline the group after dominating the African landscape for many years; the West African nation has won the competition on six occasions.
The draw was completed earlier today in Maputo, Mozambique had eight teams housed in two groups to battle for Africa’s place at the next World Cup.
Group A has Mozambique, Egypt, Cape Verde and Rwanda with two nations to qualify from the group to the latter stages.
Group B has Mali, Angola, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo competing with Mali leading the charge as favorite to come out of the group.
The competition ends on August 19. Africa’s representatives at the last World Cup, Angola and Mali failed to crack the top spots at the World Cup this year.
Angola finished bottom of the 16 team pool with Mali ending up in 10th place. USA won the tournament ahead of France.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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