Rwanda’s quest to finish their winless run within the qualifiers of the African Basketball Championship (Afrobasket) suffered one more blow on Thursday following a defeat to Nigeria.
It was a second loss for Rwanda on the ongoing Window 2 qualifiers in Monastir, Tunisia, and the fifth because the begin of qualifiers final November.
The D’Tigers of Nigeria overcame a shaky begin, after trailing Rwanda 22-14 within the first quarter, to win the sport 64-51 at Salle Mohamed Mzali Enviornment.
Nevertheless, regardless of a continued stoop in ends in the qualifiers, Rwanda already has a ticket to the Afrobasket 2021 finals – due in August – because the host nation.
Axel Mpoyo led Rwanda with a joint game-high of 13 factors, whereas younger level guard Wilson Nshobozwabyosenumukiza added 11 factors and 4 rebounds. Nigeria’s Keith Omerah additionally posted 13 factors, whereas Chima Moneka added 8 factors.
In the meantime, in Group E, Morocco bounced again to the qualification observe with a slim 72-69 win over Cape Verde. By press time Thursday, the second Group D recreation between Mali and South Sudan was but to get underway.
Solace towards South Sudan
Struggling Henry Mwinuka’s Rwandan facet can be searching for a redemption win once they face South Sudan of their final qualifier on Friday, February 19. The sport will begin at 3pm CAT.
South Sudan, coached by NBA legend Luol Deng, beat Rwanda 67-55 within the first window qualifiers in Kigali final November.
Rwanda will host the Afrobasket finals for a historic first time from August 24 to September 5. It is going to even be the event’s first time to be held in East Africa since 1993.
Group D Rwanda vs South Sudan Nigeria vs Mali
Group E Morocco 72-69 Cape Verde
Group D Rwanda 51-64 Nigeria