Afrobasket 2021: Senegal qualified for the quarterfinals, Cameroon eliminated
Senegalese basketball player Gorgui Dieng during the game against South Sudan at Afrobasket 2021 in Kigali on August 27.
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Text by: Tom Rossi Follow
Thanks to their victory against South Sudan on the second day of the group stage of Afrobasket 2021, Senegal validated their ticket for the quarter-finals.
Cameroon, beaten by Uganda, is eliminated.
They are the first to qualify for the quarter-finals of Afrobasket 2021, in Kigali.
After crushing Uganda
on the first day (93-55), the Senegalese largely beat, this Friday, August 27, South Sudan who is playing their first Afrobasket (104-75).
This is the first time that a team has won by scoring more than 100 points.
This victory for the five-time African champions ensures them first place in Group D, synonymous with the quarter-finals, even before facing Cameroon on the last day, Sunday.
Senegalese basketball player Brancou Badio against South Sudan at Afrobasket 2021 in Kigali on August 27.
© Courtesy of Fiba Africa
Cameroonians who will also have nothing to lose or to hope for, but for another reason: the Indomitable Lions are eliminated after two defeats, against South Sudan
due to cases of Covid-19, and Uganda this Friday (66-80).
Quarter-finalist in the previous edition in 2017, Cameroon falls from above and can regret this undisputed meeting against the South Sudanese novices.
Elephants guaranteed to leave chickens
Eliminated from the group stage four years ago, Côte d'Ivoire is certain to come out this year.
After beating Kenya on the first day, the Ivorians repeated against Mali (90-67).
Before the whole game, the Elephants left no chance for the Malians thanks in part to an excellent Matt Costello, the game's top scorer with 25 points and 12 rebounds.
Ivorian basketball player Matt Costello during the match against Mali at Afrobasket 2021 in Kigali, August 27 © Courtesy of Fiba Afrique
Côte d'Ivoire will have to win on the last day against Nigeria to get their ticket to the quarter-finals.
Ivorians and Nigerians are currently co-leaders of this group C after the success of the D-Tigers against Kenya (71-55).
The team that will lose this meeting on Sunday will finish second in the pool and will therefore have to go through a round of play-offs, equivalent to a round of 16.
Mali will play for its part a small final against Kenya to take third place also synonymous with dams.
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