Mali will be in action in the opening game of the second round of African qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA World Cup to be held in China.
The West African nation takes on surprise package Central African Republic at 15:00 GMT at the National Stadium in Lagos on Friday, September 14.
The Group F game tips off a six game schedule on the first of a three day window to determine which teams represent the continent in China next year.
Angola’s tie against Cameroon in Group E in Rades, Tunisia comes off immediately after Mali’s game; Africa has five slots at the next World Cup.
Continental powerhouse Senegal plays Rwanda in the third game on Friday; Senegal is in line to host future qualifiers after recently opening a brand new arena.
Morocco plays reigning African Champions Tunisia in all North African show down before a West African showdown between Nigeria and Ivory Coast.
Chad and Egypt face off in the final game of the day.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter