Rwanda Photo Courtesy: FIBA
Nigeria Guard Efevberha Photo Courtesy: FIBA.
Mali Under 19 star Siriman Kanoute was named MVP at the Under 16 Tournament in 2017. Photo Courtesy

Mali v USA at the 2018 Under 17 World Cup Photo Courtesy: FIBA

The final round of qualifying games in Group F for the 2019 FIBA World Cup rolls out this weekend in Ivory Coast’s biggest city Abidjan.

The qualifiers run commence on Friday, February 22 and end on Sunday, February 24 with nations battling for spots in China.

However, Rwanda and Mali are out of the running for a place in the Asian nation irrespective of their performance in the upcoming days in Abidjan.

Mali ranks bottom in Group F while Rwanda sits a spot above in fifth place and both nations have three wins from nine qualification games.

Group leader Nigeria has booked its spot at the World Cup but Senegal, Central African Republic and host Ivory Coast are in the running to qualify.

The contending nations and Group E contenders like Egypt are battling for the two remaining spots to the World Cup. Angola and Tunisia have qualified alongside Nigeria.

Mali’s Juvenile teams did make it to World Cups in their categories and the team’s Male Under 19 side has been drawn in Group B alongside Australia, Canada and Latvia.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter


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