2021 FIBA AfroBasket: Cote D’Ivoire Grabs First Place In Group C After Three Straight Wins

The Basketball ‘Elephants’ of Cote D’Ivoire have recorded three straight wins to top Group C at the end of the third day of the 2021 FIBA qualifiers in Yaounde Cameroon.

The host, Cameroon ended the 3-day qualifiers at the second position with two victories and a defeat in the hands of Cote D’Ivoire.

Cote D’Ivoires’ Success Story

Cote d’Ivoire ruthlessly beat Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Guinea’s AfroBasket dream on the right path.

Cote d’Ivoire closed the first-leg of Group C qualifiers undefeated in three games in Cameroon’s soil.

#Cote D’Ivoire 58 – 50 Guinea (Friday, February 21st, 2020)
#Equatorial Guinea 64 – 78 Cote D’Ivoire (Saturday, February 22nd, 2020)
#Cameroon 74 – 82 Cote D’Ivoire (Sunday, February 23rd, 2020).

The last group Game pitting Cameroon and the Elephants of Cote D’Ivoire proofed to be a big deal despite Cameroon’s inability to close up the 8-point gap.

Stephane Konate powered ruthless Cote d’Ivoire with a game-high 25 points as they upset hosts Cameroon 82-74 in the final day of the first-leg of Group of the FIBA AfroBasket 2021 Qualifiers.

The Ivorians led by as many as 17 points, never trailed, and even though Cameroon won the rebounding battle (49-44), Konate and Co stayed composed under Cameroon’s comeback attempts.

Joining Konate in the scoring sheet were Deon Thompson, Guy Edi and Vafessa Fofana who combined for 43 of Cote d’Ivoire points.

Many described the match as a repeat of the Ivorian triumph over Cameroon during the 2013 FIBA AfroBasket.

Other Group Qualifiers

Cameroon 90 – 58 Equatorial Guinea
Guinea 59 – 90 Cameroon
Cameroon 74 – 82 Cote D’Ivoire

Cote D’Ivoire 58 – 50 Guinea
Guinea 59 – 90 Cameroon
Guinea 75 – 82 Equatorial Guinea.

#Equatorial Guinea
Cameroon 90 – 58 Equatorial Guinea
Equatorial Guinea 64 – 78 Cote D’Ivoire
Guinea 75 – 82 Equatorial Guinea

Group C Standings After Three Games (February 2020)

1. Cote d’Ivoire (3-0)
2. Cameroon (2-1)
3. Equatorial Guinea (1-2)
4. Guinea (0-3)

Twenty teams will participate in the second round of qualification for the FIBA AfroBasket 2021.These teams are divided into five groups of four. The teams will play two tournaments in the international windows.

The top three teams from each group will automatically qualify to the FIBA AfroBasket 2021 to be organised in Kigali, Rwanda.

Benly Anchunda

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