Senegal’s Male National Basketball Team has qualified to compete at the 2019 FIBA World Cup to be held in China in September.
The Teranga Lions booked its place in the world competition following an 81-41 hammering of Rwanda in the opening game of the final round of qualifiers held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
The win improved the West African nation’s point tally to 18 points good enough for second place behind leaders Nigeria.
Senegal becomes the fourth nation to qualify for the World Cup after Nigeria, Tunisia and Angola booked their spots in the previous rounds.
Senegal’s qualification was helped by Nigeria’s big loss to host nation Ivory Coast. D’Tigers lost 46-72 to the Elephants who aim to clinch the final spot on the continent.
Ivory Coast’s win boost their chances of qualifying to China despite Central African Republic’s 75-57 win over Group F bottom side Mali.
Central African and Ivory Coast are tied on 15 points and Nigeria plays Central African Republic today at 17:30 GMT today while Rwanda plays the host country at 20:00 GMT.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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