The weekend’s playoffs for the 2021 Afrobasket qualifiers were quite intense with teams battling to keep a clean sheet.
The qualification games played in two different cities in Africa witnessed steamy games.
Group C made up of Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea and Guinea played their last qualification rounds in Yaoundé.
In Sunday’s encounter at the Yaoundé Multipurpose Sports Complex, Cameroon went up against Ivory Coast.
Ivory Coast with a clean sheet in the competition proved too tough for team Cameroon, holding them to a 64-57 victory.
One group B frenzy was also experienced at the Yaounde Multipurpose Sports Complex pitting Angola against Senegal.
Angola refused Senegal from a perfect winning streak by beating them in Sunday’s game with 82-51 score.
Tunisia, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Egypt top the five groups winning all their five games played so far.
Mozambique had their first win in the Qualifiers this weekend in Yaoundé thanks to their shooting guard’s Kendal Manuel agility.
The shooting guard defied the Morans of Kenya’s adversity chipping 15 points to inspire his nation to a 71-44 win.
Despite missing out on a qualification for the FIBA AfroBasket 2021, the 23-year old felt the performance was foretelling of greater things to come.
FIBA at this round of the tournament also rates Central Africa Republic’s Evans Ganapamo as one of the finest in the competition.
In article, they describe the 26 year old as a marvel.
“He can shoot the ball, dunk and play great defense to holistically contribute to his side’s incredible performance at this tournament.” The article added.
Ganapamo sunk a game-high 16 points and picked six rebounds to inspire the Central African Republic (CAF) to their best performance at the tournament despite losing to the hosts and defending champions Tunisia.
Cameroon qualifies for the AfroBasket tournament alongside fifteen other teams that will compete in the sports jamboree later this year in Kigali, Rwanda.
Bruno Ndonwie Funwie