Yaounde — After a shock 74-73 loss to Kenya Morans, African giants Angola vented their anger on Senegal of their final Group B match to win 82-51 because the second and closing spherical of the 2021 Fiba AfroBasket qualifiers concluded right here on Sunday.
Though the win didn’t change Group ‘B’ standing, it meant that Senegal doesn’t characteristic among the many high six international locations which went unbeaten after the six rounds of matches performed right here and Monastir, Tunisia.
Senegal remained high of Group B with 11 factors and a win ratio of 5-2 , adopted by Angola on 10 factors and a 4-2 win ratio. Kenya completed third with seven factors and a win ratio of 2-4 whereas Mozambique completed backside.
Solely Tunisia, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, and Egypt are unbeaten after 42 video games which began with the primary spherical in Kigali and Cairo final November.
In August, Kenya shall be among the many high 16 nations in Kigali for the AfroBasket finals in Kigali after a 28-year wait. Kenya final certified for AfroBasket Championships in 1993 as hosts when a lot of the gamers within the present squad had not but been born.
Different groups that certified alongside Kenya in Group ‘B’ are Senegal and Angola. The others are from Group A, C and D, and Rwanda who qualify robotically as hosts.
Group E stays unresolved after matches involving Uganda in Tunisia had been cancelled after 5 gamers from the East African nation examined optimistic for Covid-19 earlier than they might play any match.
Egypt, who lead the group after 5 rounds of matches, appear sure to ebook a ticket to the video games. Cape Verde are at the moment second within the group, adopted by Morocco who had misplaced to Uganda within the first spherical matches in Cairo.
Three finest losers from the qualifiers will qualify to play within the event correct.
Yaounde hosted Group ‘B’ and ‘C’ matches, and Kenyan Morans gave a very good account of themselves. After shedding 69-51 to Senegal on Friday, Morans beati 11-time African champions Angola 74-73 on Saturday to qualify for Africa’s premier nationwide staff basketball event.
Within the match, Tylor Okari’s buzzer-beater jumper shocked Angolans, and the 28-year-old’s shot ended Kenya’s 28-year wait to play in Africa’s premier basketball event.
Morans misplaced their final match 71-44 to Mozambique however Kenya Basketball Federation chairman Paul Otula believes higher days lie forward for the staff.
“Slaying an enormous is just not for the faint-hearted. Morans went for the strongest of all of them and introduced it down,” an elated Otula stated yesterday.
The Kenya contingent leaves Yaounde Tuesday at 2.30pm and can make a quick stop-over in Douala.
The staff will arrive on the Jomo Kenyatta Worldwide Airport on Wednesday at 1am.