17 July 2017
The draws for the 2017 edition of the FIBA Men Afrobasket Championship were made on Sunday with Champions, Nigeria’s D’Tigers drawn in Group A alongside West African neighbours, Cote D’Ivoire, Mali and DR Congo from East Africa.
The 2017 FIBA AfroBasket Championship is the 29th Edition and will be co-hosted by Tunisia and Senegal from September 8 to September 16 2017.
In the draw held in Mauritius on Sunday, tournament favourite and eleven times winners, Angola was pitted against Central African Republic, Morocco and Uganda in Group B. In Group C are co-host Country, Tunisia, 2007 runners-up, Cameroon, Rwanda and Guinea.
Second co-host country and five-time winners, Senegal are drawn in Group D with fellow five-time winners, Egypt, Mozambique and South Africa.
The D’tigers will face two-time champions, Cote D’Ivoire in their opening game before taking on Mali and DR Congo in their other group games in Tunisia.
Tunisia’s capital city, Tunis will also host Group C games while Dakar, the capital City of Senegal will host games in Group B and D.
The top two teams from each group will advance to Tunis, which will also host the Final Phase (Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Finals) from September 14-16.
The bottom two teams from each group in the Group Phase will be knocked out of the competition.
The D’Tigers marshaled by Captain, Olumide Oyedeji emerged as African Champions for the first time in 2015 when they defeated Angola 74-65 in the final of the 28th FIBA Afrobasket Championship held in Rades Tunisia.
Before the last edition, Nigeria had lost in the finals three times; 1997 to Senegal and in 1999 and 2003 to Angola.
At the ceremony for the draw, FIBA unveiled the newly-designed FIBA AfroBasket trophy.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
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