The defending champions Nigeria celebrating their victory in 2015
By: Nacho Black Armo
The FIBA tournament was set to be hosted by Congo Brazzaville in August but Congo pulled out due to financial problems and FIBA went on to award the chance to Angola.
However, to many’s surprise Angola too pulled out. Now the hosting spot remained vacant and yet the biennial event had to still go on.
The good news came in on Sunday evening when FIBA announced Tunisia and Senegal as joint hosts for the tournament. Uganda, Cameron, Ivory Coast, Angola, Congo DRC, Egypt, Guinea, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Central African Republic and South Africa are the 16 Nations that will feature in this edition from 8th to 16th September 2017
The 16 teams will be divided in groups of four. Two groups will play their group stage games in Dakar, Senegal and the other two groups will play in Tunis, Tunisia.
Uganda qualified for this year’s FIBA Afro Basketball Championships after defeating Rwanda in the Zone V Championship semi finals in Egypt early this year in March, Uganda went on to lose the final to hosts, Egypt 72-95 in a game that Uganda’s Jimmy Enabu dominated putting up the the best performance in the game with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.
However, Rwanda too will take part in the Championships on a wild card spot.
The top two teams from each group will advance to the quarter final stage while the last two teams in each group will be out of the competition. All knock out games including the final will all be played in Tunis,Tunisia. This means, each of the top two teams from the two groups playing in Dakar will immediately advance to Tunis to join the other four teams that will have qualified from their respective groups in Tunis.