Basketballghana.com can report Guinea has qualified to compete at the 2021 FIBA African Nations Basketball Championship (AfroBasket).
The West African nation becomes the 14th country to book its spot at the continental championship set to be played in September in Kigali, Rwanda though unconventionally.
Guinea gained progression to the Championship following a release by FIBA Basketballghana.com is privy to that detailing the important ruling to determine Guinea’s fate.
“Following the non-appearance of Equatorial Guinea in their game against Cameroon on February 19, 2021 due to the late arrival of the delegation of Equatorial Guinea in Yaounde, the game has been forfeited in favor of Cameroon.
The decision is based upon the unjustified late arrival of the Equatorial Guinea delegation in Yaounde, the related inobservance of the relevant provisions of the FIBA COVID-19 Protocol and the FIBA AfroBasket 2021 Qualifiers Handbook that lead to the failure to appear at the game at the scheduled time and place.
Taking the ruling into consideration, the following teams from Group C are qualified for FIBA AfroBasket 2021: Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Guinea” the FIBA statement read.
Guinea won a game and lost five while Equatorial Guinea won a game and lost four games in the Group. Two spots are still up for grabs with Uganda, Cape Verde and Morocco in contention.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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