Central African Republic Guard Yannick Zachee believes the increased number of slots for Africn nations at the next World Cup is a positive move.
He made the statement in an interview with FIBA ahead of the next round of qualifiers on the continent from November 30 to December 2.
The next FIBA World Cup will be held in China in 2019 with 32 nations set to compete in the world event; Nigeria and Tunisia are the first to seal qualification to China.
However, three slots remain for African nations since the continent’s slots were increased from three to five after the last edition held in 2014.
The extra slots give several nations more chances to qualify including Central African Republic who are third in Group F behind Nigeria and Senegal with 13 points.
“This is the first time you can have five African teams going to the World Cup. That is huge. It gives us more chance to participate at a major championship. And this is what every player wants to do, play at the highest level.” Zachee said.
Angola will host the next qualifiers.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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