The 2021 FIBA African Nations Basketball Championship (AfroBasket) is due to tip off today at the Kigali Arena in Rwanda with 16 nations battling for the title.
Tunisia and Guinea are scheduled to tip off the 30th edition of the continental championship later today with the host nation Rwanda due to play DR Congo. Tunisia is the reigning champion following its triumph over Nigeria in the 2017 edition.
Both games to be honoured today are in Group A and Group B (Tunisia v Guinea) with fixtures involving Nigeria and fellow West African heavyweights Ivory Coast and Mali in Group C to be played tomorrow.
Nigeria represented Africa at the recently ended Tokyo Olympic Games but lost all three games played in the group stage. None of the players who competed in Tokyo is in the AfroBasket roster with Head Coach Mike Brown calling up four players from teams that compete in the TOTAL Nigerian Premier Basketball League.
Kenya is making its first appearance in the competition since 1993 while South Sudan is making its debut.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter