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CKR13
01-22-2014, 07:54 AM
According to Star Africa (http://fr.starafrica.com/actualites/trois-pays-candidats-a-lorganisation-de-lafrobasket-2015-hommes.html), Tunisia, Angola and the Central African Republic are vying to host the Africa qualifiers for the 2016 Olympics.

CKR13
03-06-2014, 11:39 PM
Afrobasket host will be known soon.
http://www.babnet.net/festivaldetail-81236.asp

sixama23
12-28-2014, 03:53 AM
Afrobasket host will be known soon.
http://www.babnet.net/festivaldetail-81236.asp

It seems that this thread hasn't been updated for a long time...

Tunisia will host Afrobasket 2015, dates are yet to be confirmed.

Zone V qualifiers have already been completed, Egypt and Uganda are the two teams which qualified from this particular region. Rwanda didn't make it for the first time since 2007.

All the results from Zone V: http://www.fibaafrica.com/index.php/en/afrobasket/2-uncategorised/841-eliminatoires-zone-v

Uganda used the following 12 players in the qualifiers:

Henry Malinga
Ivan Rumanyika
Samuel Kalwanyi
Andrew Opiyo
Stephen Omony
Norman Blick
Jimmy Enabu
Ben Komakech
Josh Johnson (plays in UK)
Samuel Mukooza (plays in Sweden)
Kassim Nagwere (plays in Sweden)
John Balwigaire (American-born)

Brandon Sebirumbi (American-born, ex Furman) didn't play due to club commitments. He is expected to play next year at the Afrobasket.

sixama23
01-07-2015, 08:22 AM
2015 Afrobasket/AAG: Algeria host Zone-1 nation playoffs - Jan 6, 2015

Algeria is set to host the other countries in FIBA Africa Zone-1 ahead the 2015 Afrobasket and the All Africa Games qualifiers starting today through January 8 in Algiers.

The Algerian who just returned from a week-long preparation of it national team in Serbia will contend with Morocco, Libya and Tunisia in the qualifying playoffs.

The Algerian Basketball Federation began its preparation ahead the crucial qualifying round with largely home-based players earlier in December last year before jetting out to Belgrade, Serbia for it final phase preparation.

Algeria, Morocco and Libya will be battling for a place in both the 2015 Afrobasket and All Africa Games while Tunisia is fighting for a place in the 11th All Africa Games since it has already booked it place in the Afrobasket as host.

The return-leg of the four-nation playoffs will be hosted by Morocco next month.

Source (http://www.afrobasket.com/Algeria/news/389159/2015-Afrobasket/AAG:-Algeria-host-Zone-1-nation-playoffs)

Algeria beat Libya yesterday by 25 points: Boxscore (http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/51626/13/95/24/25n0vgxv1lv1M/)

Morocco is playing Libya later today...

Here's the full schedule of the qualifiers: http://www.fibaafrica.com/index.php/fr/afrobasket/2-uncategorised/1121-afrobasket-2015-eliminatoires

sixama23
01-10-2015, 09:09 AM
Source (http://www.afrobasket.com/Algeria/news/389159/2015-Afrobasket/AAG:-Algeria-host-Zone-1-nation-playoffs)

Algeria beat Libya yesterday by 25 points: Boxscore (http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/51626/13/95/24/25n0vgxv1lv1M/)

Morocco is playing Libya later today...

Morocco-Libya 94-56

Algeria-Morocco 81-80
1st Quarter (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUE55H1Ibro)
2nd Quarter (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEV9XUQOF0w)
3rd Quarter (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nX1u-IOmShU)
4th Quarter (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldsmMrHrUYY)



Zone V qualifiers have already been completed, Egypt and Uganda are the two teams which qualified from this particular region. Rwanda didn't make it for the first time since 2007.

Here are some highlights from the matches of Zone V...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=To3abiZQKgY

sixama23
01-10-2015, 09:44 AM
It seems that this thread hasn't been updated for a long time...
Tunisia will host Afrobasket 2015, dates are yet to be confirmed.

During a recent press conference of the Tunisian Basketball Federation, president Ali Benzarti confirmed that the Afrobasket will take place from 20th to 31st August, in two different cities, Nabeul and Hammamet.

http://www.gnet.tn/revue-de-sport/afrobasket-2015-adel-tlatli-remporter-le-titre-et-se-qualifier-aux-jo/id-menu-323.html

Also, Zone VI - Group J qualifiers (Mozambique, Swaziland, Botswana) have been postponed until next month.

http://www.noticiasmocambique.co.mz/adiadas-eliminatorias-para-afrobasket-2015/

judasmartel
01-17-2015, 05:49 AM
It seems like Seychelles already qualified.

Still no report on Senegal and Mali, though.

Any forecasts?

sixama23
01-17-2015, 08:32 AM
It seems like Seychelles already qualified.

Still no report on Senegal and Mali, though.

Any forecasts?

Seychelles have only qualified for the 2015 All African Games, taking place in Congo next September. No team from Zone VII qualifies for Afrobasket.

Senegal and Mali are playing against each other on 21st and 28th February. The winner of this series qualifies for Afrobasket. 16 local Senegalese players have already started training under coach Sarr.

http://www.senenews.com/2015/01/16/preparation-afrobasket-2015-cheikh-sarr-retiens-16-joueurs-locaux_106527.html

Number of qualifying quotas per zone:

Zone I --> 1 Team
Zone II --> 2 Teams
Zone III --> 2 Teams
Zone IV --> 2 Teams
Zone V --> 2 Teams (Egypt, Uganda)
Zone VI --> 3 Teams
Zone VII -- No Team
Host Country --> Tunisia
Reigning Champion --> Angola
Wildcards --> 2 Teams

sixama23
02-04-2015, 11:24 AM
Finally, some updates regarding Zone VI...


Mozambique basketball tie postponed

The Botswana men’s basketball team got a double boost when the Federation of International Basketball Associations (FIBA) postponed today’s Afro Basket qualifier against Mozambique to February 14, while China-based point guard Karabo Geche is still expected to be part of the team’s trip to Maputo on Valentine’s Day.

The postponement gives the national team more time to prepare for their illustrious opponents. Their path to qualification has even been made easier by Swaziland’s pulling out of the competition.

This leaves Botswana and Mozambique to battle out for the only spot over a two-legged clash. Tunisia will host the Afro-Basketball women competition while Cameroon will stage the men’s event.

The dates for the tournament are yet to be announced. The winners will directly qualify for Rio 2016 Olympics.

The presence of Geche, a Flames player back home, will certainly make a difference for Botswana. The star point guard recently moved to China where he plays for his college and is also studying.

There was uncertainty around the talented point guard’s coming for the opening qualifier until the Botswana Basketball Association (BBA) got confirmation last week.

BBA public relations officer, James Kalebwe confirmed the development to Mmegi Sport. “The mood in both camps is very positive and we have no serious injuries. The coaches have selected the 12 players they wanted and Karabo Geche Reinhard, who is based in China, will be joining the squad,” Kalebwe said. Kalebwe said the coaches have faith in the China-based star, who represented Flames last season. He was one of Flames’ outstanding players in the first half of the League last season and his inclusion in the squad comes as no surprise.

“He is still active in China where he plays for his college,” he said.

However, the national team coaches may have to do without Ofentse Churchill Barrows, who is scheduled to leave for Malta on Thursday for a two-month stint.

Barrows, Botswana’s well-traveled basketball star, is an important member of the national team, having risen through the country’s junior ranks. He has had stints in Zimbabwe, United States of America (USA) and had two trial stints in Angola, Africa’s top basketball nation. After the Maputo tie, the national will host Mozambique in Gaborone as FIBA try out a new format in which teams will play each other on a home and away basis.

Meanwhile, the ladies continue training and will be cut to a final 12 next weekend.

The women’s team travels to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on February 20.

The qualifiers run from February 21 to 28 after the Basketball Union of Zimbabwe (BUZ) this week vowed ‘unless some supervening impossibility occurs there is no postponement’.

There were fears the tournament will be pushed forward again, but BUZ say all is on course for the tournament to take place.

Source (http://www.mmegi.bw/index.php?aid=48912&dir=2015/february/03)

sixama23
02-10-2015, 02:29 AM
Information provided by FIBA Africa regarding the qualifiers is very little... At least they announced the official dates of the final tournament, it will take place from 19 to 30 August. It seems that the event's logo has also been released:

http://www.fibaafrica.com/images/logo%20tunis2015%20blog.jpg

More than a couple of games are taking place during the next few days:

12/02/15 (Zone II): Cape Verde vs Guinea, at Praia, Cape Verde
13/02/15 (Zone II): Guinea vs Cape Verde, at Praia, Cape Verde
14/02/15 (Zone VI): Mozambique vs Botswana, at Maputo, Mozambique

13/02/15-15/02/15 (Second leg of qualifiers for Zone I): Morocco, Algeria, Libya - All 3 games will take place at Sale, Morocco

sixama23
02-12-2015, 06:02 AM
13/02/15-15/02/15 (Second leg of qualifiers for Zone I): Morocco, Algeria, Libya - All 3 games will take place at Sale, Morocco

Libya has withdrawn from the qualifiers, according to the Libyan federation the Moroccan authorities refused to grant visas to Libya's team.

sixama23
02-13-2015, 12:04 AM
12/02/15 (Zone II): Cape Verde vs Guinea, at Praia, Cape Verde

Cape Verde - Guinea 71-60

Cape Verde: Coronel Dimitry (15), Edvaldo Ferreira (0), Sandir Palavra (4), Braima Freire (2), Mário "Marito" Correia (16), Admir "T-Mac" Mendes (0), Michel Mendes (0), Evandro "Vani" Delgado (0), Keven Gomes (2), Brian Rudolph (15), Fidel Mendonça (2), Kevin Coronel (15)

Guinea: Donacien Camara (0), Mouhamed Traore (2), Mohamed Baka Youla (4), Yacouba Sylla (4), George Mahatm Konde (8), Naby Youssouf Sylla (2), Bella Bachir (15), Younoussa Camara (12), Mamadi Keita (0), Younoussa Toure (13)

http://www.rtc.cv/desporto/index.php?paginas=21&id_cod=10026

sixama23
02-14-2015, 09:13 AM
13/02/15 (Zone II): Guinea vs Cape Verde, at Praia, Cape Verde
14/02/15 (Zone VI): Mozambique vs Botswana, at Maputo, Mozambique

13/02/15-15/02/15 (Second leg of qualifiers for Zone I): Morocco, Algeria, Libya - All 3 games will take place at Sale, Morocco

Cape Verde beat Guinea in their second clash by 28 points, 70-42, and qualified for the next Afrobasket.

https://www.inforpress.publ.cv/desporto-mlt/109460-afrobasket-cabo-verde-volta-a-vencer-guine-conacri-e-qualifica-se-para-tunisia-2015

According to FIBA Africa today's game between Mozambique and Botswana will take place at 19:00 local time.

Morocco is playing Algeria on Sunday, probably at 17:00 local time.

sixama23
02-16-2015, 10:40 PM
14/02/15 (Zone VI): Mozambique vs Botswana, at Maputo, Mozambique

13/02/15-15/02/15 (Second leg of qualifiers for Zone I): Morocco, Algeria, Libya - All 3 games will take place at Sale, Morocco

Mozambique-Botswana 61-40

Morocco-Algeria 84-71 (http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/52600/14/36/12/29gdh48jPd2k/)

Morocco has qualified to the Afrobasket 2015.

sixama23
02-19-2015, 08:25 AM
Zone IV qualifiers are starting tomorrow in Yaounde, DR Congo and Equatorial Guinea have pulled off.

Friday 20/02: Cameroon-Congo at 16:00 local time
Sunday 22/02: Congo-Cameroon at 16:00 local time

sixama23
02-19-2015, 09:27 AM
Basketball: AfroBasket qualifiers - National team off to Zimbabwe today

The country’s men’s national basketball selection leave the country this afternoon for Zimbabwe to compete in the Afro-basket qualifiers.

The players received their air tickets yesterday during a small ceremony at Victoria Gymnasium where the team have been following intensive training.

Seychelles Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association (Socga) president Antonio Gopal, National Sports Council’s director for sports development and management Robert Auguste and members of the Seychelles Basketball Federation (SBF) attended the ceremony.

It was team captain Cyril Agrippine who received the tickets from Mr Gopal on behalf of his teammates and he stated that the team are prepared for the challenge that lie ahead and will do their very best to make Seychelles proud.
Mr Gopal on his part wished the team well and urged them to keep improving so as to be able to defend the gold medal in the forthcoming Indian Ocean Island Games (IOIG) in Reunion.

The team played two friendly matches. In their first game they beat men’s division one league champions Baya 85-23 with Ron Estico scoring 19 points. Baya were without their four players who are part of the national side.

The team’s second friendly match was against MBU Rockers and this time it was Dave Roseline who led them in scoring with 17 points in a 63-44 victory.

Coached by Tony Juliette and Nigel Ah-Kong, the team will meet hosts Zimbabwe, along with Angola, South Africa and Zambia in the qualifiers from February 21-28 and the team will be vying for a place at the Fiba Africa's flagship tournament in Tunisia in 2015.

The 12 players selected for the qualifiers are Abdel Sylla (Pro A side L'Elan Béarnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez), Andrew Rath (Italian Serie C side Sports club Cestistica Audace Pescia), Bernard Bristol (PLS Hawks), Cyril Agrippine, Ron Estico, Steven André (Mont Fleuri Dawgz), Timmy Adam, Amadou Sylla, Dave Roseline, Faizel Naiken (Baya), Arnaud Arrisol (Drifters) and Nigel Sinon (MBU Rockers).

Maggie Lespoire (physiotherapist), Tetyana Kozyr (doctor), Jean-Guy Alphonse (manager) and Ambrosse Kisoi (referee) will accompany the team in Zimbabwe.

http://www.nation.sc/news/sports/55-basketball/244559-basketball-afrobasket-qualifiers-national-team-off-to-zimbabwe-today.html

Zambia has withdrawn from the competition, the rest of the teams participating are Zimbabwe and South Africa. Angola is only competing for a spot in the All Africa Games.

lemo
02-20-2015, 01:10 PM
Team of Gabon is intensive course in Monastir in Tunisia from February 15 to 25,
to prepare for the playoffs to be held in Libreville from March 2 to 8.
The National Federation is given every chance to qualify both male and female teams for the finals of the 2015 Afrobasket.
Some players playing in europe and the united states of america will join the group to finish the preparation and have the best acclimatization .

http://www.afrobasket.com/Gabon/news/394774/National-team-Gabon-in-Monastir

lemo
02-20-2015, 01:13 PM
South Africa confirmed for Afrobasket and All Africa qualifiers:

http://www.chronicle.co.zw/sa-confirmed-for-afro-basketball-and-all-africa-qualifiers/

lemo
02-20-2015, 01:18 PM
Essengue to lead Cameroon in AfroBasket 2015 qualifier against Republic of Congo

YAOUNDE (AfroBasket 2015) - Gaston Essengue is expected to play a key role for Cameroon this weekend (20-22 February) when they seek to overcome the Republic of Congo and secure a place at AfroBasket 2015, which will take place in Tunisia from 19 to 30 August.

As a result of the withdrawal of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Equatorial Guinea, the two-game FIBA Africa Zone 4 Group F qualifier will take place this Friday and Sunday at the Palace Multi-purpose Sports in Yaounde.

Essengue, who plays for Argentinian side Alianza Viedma Rio Negro in Torneo Nacional de Ascenso de Básquet, has missed out a significant part of the team's preparations. However, head coach Louis Tsoungui insists he is a valuable addition to his team.

The 31-year-old power forward will be the only player in the Cameroon squad who featured at AfroBasket 2013. The other 11 players from the side that came in fifth in Abidjan two years ago remained committed to their professional clubs elsewhere.
"Any contribution from Gaston is always welcome. We hope Gas can make an impact for us, and I am happy to have him in the team," Tsoungui said to FIBA.com

Tsoungui, who replaced his countryman Lazare Adingono as the person in charge of Cameroon, knows what to expect from the Republic of Congo.

After all he coached the Republic of Congo at the continental championship in 2013.

"It is going to be difficult for us because they know my tactics and I know theirs. But I am looking forward to the challenge," he pointed out.

"They are a talented team and I know they are bringing a few players based in France.

"For us, the only problem is that some of the players will not have much training time with the team. Hopefully we can manage it and come home with a win.

"I wanted to have Frank Tchoubaye Bakala in the team as well, but he had some issues with his club in Egypt, and he can't join us."

Cameroon will face Congo with a team made up mostly of local players.

One of the locally based players that coach Tsoungui is relying on is Samuel Soup, described as a skilful swingman with enormous potential.

"He is strong, has a good game reading, and keeps getting better and better everyday."

Congo finished 14th at AfroBasket 2013 and are now looking to achieve a second consecutive appearance.

The hosts of the 2015 All-African Games have made changes of their own, appointing Frenchman Stephane Paty to coach the team.

This qualifier coincides with a visit of FIBA Africa officials who will check the progress of Cameroon hosts duties of the AfroBasket Women 2015.

Cameroon squad for AfroBasket 2015 qualifier against Republic of Congo: Seoud Njoya, Taku Sama, Charles Sibetcheu, Felix Bogmis, Chris Kuete, Steve Mbog, Naha Harding, Gaston Essenge, Michel Ipouck, Samuel Soup, Stephane Kamagou and Simon Bileg.

http://www.fiba.com/news/essengue-to-lead-cameroon-in-afrobasket-2015-qualifier-against-republic-of-congo

lemo
02-21-2015, 05:00 AM
Cameroon won the first leg over Congo 81-69.

http://www.fibaafrica.com/index.php/fr/a-la-une/1198-afrobasket-ja-2015-le-cameroun-s-impose-a-domicile

mcruic
02-21-2015, 12:53 PM
Angola are taking part, but their matches will only count towards All-Africa Games qualification (as they are already qualified for Afrobasket). All the other teams will be fighting for places in both competitions simultaneously.

Various news sources say Botswana will take part, but they are playing Mozambique in a separate qualifying group.
Zambia has withdrawn due to lack of funds.
Seychelles, who had originally qualified automatically due to Madagascar's withdrawal from Zone 7 qualifiers, have also been drafted in, after FIBA Africa apparently objected to a team qualifying without playing a match.

So, Angola, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Seychelles should be the men's teams participating.

First matches today:
Zimbabwe v South Africa (women at 16:00, men at 18:00)

lemo
02-21-2015, 03:43 PM
Mali Roster for today clash against Senegal :

Abdrahamane Maiga (Stade Malien de Bamako )
Mahamadou Kanté (CRBDB Algérie )
Mahamadou Dramé (Aix Maurienne France )
Bassekou Diallo (CRBDB Algérie)
Moussa Koné (US Biscra Algérie)
Boubacar Fadiala Sidibé(Club CSA Algérie)
Mohamed Tangara(Malabo King)
Waly Coulibaly(Université Hawai USA)
Bourama Doumbia(Club Macloul)
Amadou Sangaré(UGB Saint Louis Senegal)
Amadou Kaba(Maroc)
Mohamed Sanogo(Club CSA Agérie)
Drissa Ballo(Dijon)
Issa Diawara(As Commune 1)
Boubacar Mounkoro(Baloncession Algérie)
Boubacar Cherif Haidara(Guanxi Club Chine)

https://www.facebook.com/Fmbbofficiel

lemo
02-21-2015, 03:45 PM
Seychelles already qualified for All African Games .
They are playing for a place in Afro basket 2015>

mcruic
02-21-2015, 07:06 PM
TODAY'S RESULTS from Bulawayo:

Zimbabwe 60-64 South Africa (men)

Zimbabwe 63-69 South Africa (women)

Fixtures for tomorrow (22nd February)
MEN: Zimbabwe v Angola
WOMEN: South Africa v Botswana

I imagine Angola v Seychelles played today, and South Africa v Seychelles will be playing tomorrow (men's), but Zimbabwe news usually only mentions the Zimbabwe mathes.

mcruic
02-21-2015, 07:08 PM
Seychelles already qualified for All African Games .
They are playing for a place in Afro basket 2015>

So, we have 4 teams playing for places in 2 different tournaments: Only South Africa and Zimbabwe are playing for places in 2 tournaments.

AFROBASKET: South Africa, Seychelles, Zimbabwe
AL-AFRICA GAMES; Angola, South Africa, Zimbabwe

lemo
02-21-2015, 07:37 PM
So, we have 4 teams playing for places in 2 different tournaments: Only South Africa and Zimbabwe are playing for places in 2 tournaments.

AFROBASKET: South Africa, Seychelles, Zimbabwe
AL-AFRICA GAMES; Angola, South Africa, Zimbabwe

Surprisingly Yes, It is somewhat a strange condition.

All African Games : Angola ,South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana.

Botswana qualification for Afro basket is over two leg matches against Mozambique. ( they lost the 1st leg).


It happens only in Africa.

mcruic
02-22-2015, 05:04 PM
FIXTURES for Zone 6 in Bulawayo
1st round
21.2 Zimbabwe 60-64 South Africa
22.2 South Africa 60-52 Seychelles
22.2 Zimbabwe v Angola
23.2 Angola v Seychelles
24.2 Angola v South Africa
24.2 Zimbabwe v Seychelles

2nd round
25.2 Zimbabwe v Seychelles
25.2 Angola v South Africa
26.2 Angola v Seychelles
27.2 South Africa v Seychelles
27.2 Zimbabwe v Angola
28.2 Zimbabwe v South Africa

mcruic
02-22-2015, 05:26 PM
Cameroon through to Afrobasket after 80-68 win against Congo today (1st leg was won 81-69).

mcruic
02-23-2015, 12:51 PM
Surprisingly Yes, It is somewhat a strange condition.

All African Games : Angola ,South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana.

Botswana qualification for Afro basket is over two leg matches against Mozambique. ( they lost the 1st leg).


It happens only in Africa.

They did this with many of the the zones (divided them into more than one group). There are 11 groups for 7 zones (4 zones are divided into 2).

It's not clear how qualification will be decided.

Tunisia qualify as hosts, Angola as holders, and then 14 places will be decided through 11 groups (one of which, Zone 7, has been cancelled, and Seychelles moved to Zone 6). So, 14 places from 10 groups means that 2 teams will have to qualify from 4 of these groups. One of these will be Zone 5 (which had 5 teams), but there are only 2 other groups with more than 2 teams (the current group in Bulawayo and the upcoming group in Central African Republic). This means that in at least one of the 2-team groups, both teams will qualify, meaning that that qualification group is actually pointless.

I expect Senegal will be invited as a wild card even if Mali knock them out.

mcruic
02-23-2015, 07:20 PM
Angola 117-55 Seychelles today.

Angola not really being tested. I don't expect South Africa to do too much better than Seychelles or Zimbabwe.

sixama23
02-24-2015, 12:03 AM
Tunisia qualify as hosts, Angola as holders, and then 14 places will be decided through 11 groups (one of which, Zone 7, has been cancelled, and Seychelles moved to Zone 6). So, 14 places from 10 groups means that 2 teams will have to qualify from 4 of these groups. One of these will be Zone 5 (which had 5 teams), but there are only 2 other groups with more than 2 teams (the current group in Bulawayo and the upcoming group in Central African Republic). This means that in at least one of the 2-team groups, both teams will qualify, meaning that that qualification group is actually pointless.

Zone 7 teams have been requested to play in Zone 6 qualifiers, even if the games between Madagascar and Seychelles had taken place the winner wouldn't have qualified to Afrobasket.

As far as I know, 2 teams from the Bulawayo Group will qualify to Tunisia, excluding Angola. The winner of the clash between Mozambique and Botswana will also qualify. Three teams in total from Zone VI will make it through. Only one team from every 2-team group will qualify.

Zone I --> 1 Team (Morocco)
Zone II --> 2 Teams (Cape Verde, TBD)
Zone III --> 2 Teams (Ivory Coast, TBD)
Zone IV --> 2 Teams (Cameroon, TBD)
Zone V --> 2 Teams (Egypt, Uganda)
Zone VI --> 3 Teams (TBD, TBD, TBD)
Zone VII -- > No Team
Host Country --> Tunisia
Reigning Champion --> Angola
Wildcards --> 2 Teams

IMO, Senegal and Algeria will get the wildcards.

lemo
02-24-2015, 04:09 AM
They did this with many of the the zones (divided them into more than one group). There are 11 groups for 7 zones (4 zones are divided into 2).

It's not clear how qualification will be decided.

Tunisia qualify as hosts, Angola as holders, and then 14 places will be decided through 11 groups (one of which, Zone 7, has been cancelled, and Seychelles moved to Zone 6). So, 14 places from 10 groups means that 2 teams will have to qualify from 4 of these groups. One of these will be Zone 5 (which had 5 teams), but there are only 2 other groups with more than 2 teams (the current group in Bulawayo and the upcoming group in Central African Republic). This means that in at least one of the 2-team groups, both teams will qualify, meaning that that qualification group is actually pointless.

I expect Senegal will be invited as a wild card even if Mali knock them out.

The same thing happened at Afro basket 2013 qualification at Zone I (both teams ;Algeria and Morocco were qualified.)

lemo
02-24-2015, 04:14 AM
Zone 7 teams have been requested to play in Zone 6 qualifiers, even if the games between Madagascar and Seychelles had taken place the winner wouldn't have qualified to Afro basket.


IMO, Senegal and Algeria will get the wildcards.

No game was held between Seychelles and Madagascar as Madagascar was withdrawn from the qualification.

I agree with you that Algeria and the loser of (Senegal X Mali ) clash with have the wild card to participate at the tournament.

sixama23
02-24-2015, 05:08 AM
No game was held between Seychelles and Madagascar as Madagascar was withdrawn from the qualification.

I know that, I just said that even if these games had taken place, the winner wouldn't have qualified to Afrobasket. Both teams had to enter the Zone VI qualifiers in order to make it through. Due to lack of competitiveness, Zone VII doesn't enter any teams to Afrobasket.

Same thing happened in 2013, Seychelles participated in Zone VI qualifiers back then as well.

Algerian Federation has already expressed interest in getting a Wildcard. I would consider Congo too, only in case Mali won't qualify. However I can't see how Mali could stay out. On the other hand, we don't know what will happen at the Libreville group, if CAR fails to qualify they will probably push for a Wildcard as well.

mcruic
02-25-2015, 02:47 PM
Zimbabwe 63-52 Seychelles today. Seychelles now out of contention for Afrobasket.

Yesterday's results:
Angola 122-65 South Africa
Zimbabwe 69-61 Seychelles

AFROBASKET qualifier STANDINGS
South Africa 2-0
Zimbabwe 2-1
Seychelles 0-3

Not sure what the decider is if Zimbabwe beat South Africa in the last game and both are tied on 3-1. Is it head-to-head or overall points difference?

ALL-AFRICA GAMES qualifier STANDINGS
Angola 3-0
South Africa 1-2
Zimbabwe 0-2

Angola have qualified for the All-Africa Games

mcruic
02-27-2015, 09:44 PM
Zone 6 results:

21 Feb Zimbabwe 60-64 South Africa
22 Feb South Africa 60-52 Seychelles
22 Feb Zimbabwe 49-100 Angola
23 Feb Angola 117-55 Seychelles
24 Feb Angola 122-65 South Africa
24 Feb Zimbabwe 69-61 Seychelles
25 Feb Zimbabwe 63-52 Seychelles
25 Feb Angola 87-70 South Africa
26 Feb Angola 103-48 Seychelles (also reported 103-43 - confirmation required)
27 Feb Seychelles 72-55 South Africa
27 Feb Zimbabwe 50-98 Angola

Tomorrow (28 Feb) - the decider for Afrobasket - Zimbabwe v South Africa. The winner will qualify. Both teams have 2-1 records (not including Angola).

Really poor coverage by FIBA of this event - surely they have a FIBA Africa representative in Zimbabwe? How hard would it be to simply tweet the result at the end of each game?

sixama23
03-01-2015, 02:48 AM
SEN-MLI 47-50
ZIM-RSA 66-64
BOT-MOZ 68-69

Mali, Zimbabwe, Mozambique have all qualified to Afrobasket, Senegal is expected to push for a wildcard.

sixama23
03-02-2015, 04:15 AM
The rest of Zone IV qualifiers games are supposed to start today in Libreville, here's a photo of the Gabonese squad:

https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfp1/t31.0-8/11046726_1018846478145492_3302001199150699273_o.jp g

mcruic
03-03-2015, 11:00 AM
First match in Libreville today: Gabon v Central African Republic. The matches are 3-8 March, so it looks like a double round-robin (Chad being the 3rd team). Gabon, DR Congo and Cameroon women will compete simultaneously for women's Afrobasket/AAG qualifiers.

mcruic
03-03-2015, 10:01 PM
Gabon 79-75 Central African Republic, after overtime (65-65 at end of 4 periods)

Fixtures
4th March - Gabon - Chad
5th March - Central African Republic - Chad

6th-8th March, second round of fixtures (schedule not known yet - will be either the same as the first round or the reverse order of the first round)

mcruic
03-04-2015, 10:08 PM
4th March - Gabon 65-61 Chad, after overtime.

Gabon looking good for Afrobasket.

5th March - Chad 61-54 Central African Republic

2nd round of fixtures
6th March - Gabon - Central African Republic
7th March - Gabon - Chad
8th March - Central African Republic - Chad

Standings:
Gabon 2-0
Chad 1-1
CAR 0-2

soulis79
03-06-2015, 10:09 AM
Let's see the possible candidates for the 3 wildcards.


Senegal should be the first and most possible candidate.
Algeria is a good team for Africa Basketball, so i strongly believe that they are one step ahead for the second wildcard.
Central African Rep. is sudenly a candidate, unless they made a comeback to their zone qualifier.
Rwanda is another possible candidate for the wildcard but due to financial problems and some "rifts" between the american born players and the federation, i don't think they will get it.

mcruic
03-06-2015, 06:53 PM
So, this is the current situation

AFROBASKET
Zone 1: Morocco
Zone 2: Cape Verde, Mali
Zone 3: Ivory Coast, Nigeria (probably)
Zone 4: Cameroon, Gabon
Zone 5; Egypt, Uganda
Zones 6/7: Zimbabwe, Mozambique

Holder: Angola
Host: Tunisia
Wildcards: (3) TBD

ALL-AFRICA GAMES
Zone 1: Morocco
Zone 2: Cape Verde, Mali
Zone 3: Ivory Coast, Nigeria (probably)
Zone 4: Cameroon, Gabon
Zone 5; Egypt
Zone 6: Angola, Mozambique
Zone 7: Seychelles

Host: Congo

Seems quite likely that Burkina Faso will withdraw against Nigeria in Zone 3 qualifying.

mcruic
03-06-2015, 08:22 PM
Result today: Gabon 64-75 Central African Republic.

Gabon took the first period 20-8, but it was all downhill for them from there. Gabon still favourites, I think, but any of the 3 teams can still win the group. If Gabon beat Chad, the last match between CAR and Chad is meaningless. This would be only Gabon's 3rd Afrobasket if they qualify, while it would be Chad's 2nd if they qualify. Central African Republic has 17 previous appearances and 2 titles.

mcruic
03-07-2015, 09:02 PM
Gabon 72-56 Chad today. Gabon qualify for Afrobasket and All-Africa Games. Central African Republic-Chad tomorrow is a dead rubber.

mcruic
03-08-2015, 07:30 PM
Central African Republic 66-63 Chad, after overtime

Final standings:
Gabon 3-1
CAR 2-2
Chad 1-3

Proposed dates for the remaining qualifier (Burkina Faso-Nigeria) are 14-15 March (in Burkina Faso) and 18-19 March (in Nigeria).

lemo
03-13-2015, 06:48 PM
BASKETBALL : D'TIGERS Fly ASKY To Burkina On Friday
BY Oluwafemi Adefeso


The contingent of players and officials of the Nigerian senior men's national team the D'Tigers will leave the shores of the country on Friday 13th March aboard ASKY Air from the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja for the 1st leg of their FIBA Africa Basketball Championship qualifiers in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.



The qualifier which doubles as the qualifiers for the All African Games in Congo Brazzerville later this year will see the D'Tigers take on the Burkinabes' on Monday March 16th before coming back home for the return leg on the 25th of March according to the FIBA Africa secretariat qualifiers schedule release.



The team strength has however been boosted for the most win double header by the arrival of the foreign based duo of Ejike Ugboaja, who remains the 1st and only Nigerian to be drafted by the NBA directly from the Nigerian Premier Basketball League in 2006 and veteran captain Olumide Oyedeji who currently stars for the London Lions in the UK.



The team and officials will however have a media chat with press men this evening before boarding the Asky Airline early tomorrow morning.

http://olawalequadry.blogspot.com/2015/03/basketball-d-fly-asky-to-burkina-on.html

lemo
03-13-2015, 06:50 PM
Nigeria’s 18-Man Squad Storm Ouagadougou


Nigeria senior men basketball team D’Tigers will travel to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on Friday for the first leg tie against the Burkinabe in Group E double qualifiers for the 29th Afrobasket and the 11th All Africa Games.
The Nigeria’s 18-man list led by the president of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Tijjani Umar, will take on the Burkinabe on Monday, 16 March with the return leg slated for 25 March in Nigeria.
The squad are made up of 12 players with 10 of them drawn from the Nigerian DStv Premier Basketball League and two foreign based players.
Nigeria’s hope of qualifying for her 17th outing at Africa biggest basketball showpiece rest on coaches Sani Ahmed and Ayinla Johnson and 12 players who include Olumide Oyedeji (centre); Ejike Ugboaja (forward); Stanley gumut (forward); Abubakar Usman (guard); Matthew Onmonya (forward); and Ibrahim Yusuf (guard/forward) are on the team.
Other players in the squad are Adeolu Olaiya Ojo (guard); Abdulwahab Yakubu (guard); Abdulwahab Yahaya (forward); Azuoma Dike (guard); Dele Ademola (forward) and Abayomi Oyeniyi (forward). The delegation also has Muktar Khaleh, Patrick Okeke (S.G, NBBF); Patrick Omorodion (media); Dr. Ohida Suleiman (team doctor) and Dayo Ogunkunle (physio).
According to the Head Coach Sani Ahmed, the team will not disappoint Nigerians as the players and their handlers will leave nothing to chance to ensure that they pick the sole slot in the group.
“We respect our opponents (Burkina Faso) but they are not capable of stopping us from qualifying for both the Afrobasket and the All Africa Games as we are looking forward to challenging for the Afrobasket title and also defending our All Africa Games gold medal won four years ago in Mozambique.
“The players are ready to prove that they are worthy ambassadors of Nigerian basketball, mentally, physically and psychological prepared for the two-leg qualifier,” Coach Ahmed said.
The team will fly to Lagos from their Abuja camp from where they are expected to connect an afternoon flight aboard ASky airline.



http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2015/03/12/basketball-nigerias-18-man-squad-storm-ouagadougou/

lemo
03-20-2015, 10:35 PM
Nigeria won over Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou 87-64.

The return will be in Nigeria at 26 March

CKR13
03-25-2015, 01:47 AM
Two wildcards due for selection between Algeria, Congo and South Africa.

soulis79
03-25-2015, 12:05 PM
What about CAR? If these three are the main candidates for the two remaining spots, Algeria and Congo are my picks.

CKR13
03-27-2015, 07:39 AM
What about CAR? If these three are the main candidates for the two remaining spots, Algeria and Congo are my picks.

Confirmed are RSA, ALG, CAF, CGO, GUI, RWA, SEN that are hoping for three wildcard spots.

CKR13
03-31-2015, 12:36 AM
Wildcards decisions delayed until end of April.
https://bballmagsa.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/central-board-2015-the-choice-of-the-wild-cards-postponed-to-end-of-april/

soulis79
04-05-2015, 09:47 AM
The composition of the groups:

Group A: 1.Tunisia ; 2.Uganda ; 3.Nigeria ; 4.Wild card 1.
Group B: 1. Angola; 2. Mozambique ; 3.Wild card 2 ; 4.Morocco .
Group C: 1. Egypt; 2.Gabon ; 3. Mali; 4. Cameroon .
Group D: 1.Cote d'Ivoire ; 2.Cape Verde ; 3.Wild card 3 ; 4.Zimbabwe .

The first phase of the tournament will be played in a round robin format, with every team taking on its three (3) opponents in its respective group.

All teams will then advance to the Round of 16, where Group A crosses with group C (A1-C4, etc.), and Group B with D.

The tournament will be played in a knockout format from the Round of 16 onwards (Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals and Final).

AfroBasket 2015 will be held from 19-30 August in the Tunisian cities of Nabeul and Tunis and serves as a qualifying event for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

It is the third time that Tunisia will get to stage the AfroBasket, having previously hosted it in 1965 and 1987.

The teams designated as 'Wild Cards 1, 2 and 3' who will round out the event's 16-team field will be announced at the end of April.

source: http://www.fibaafrica.com/index.php/en/a-la-une/1267-draw-results-in-for-afrobasket-2015

We don't know the 3 remaing teams so it's early for predictions. For example if Senegal is "wildcard 1", then group A is "group of Death".

CKR13
05-06-2015, 10:00 PM
Algeria, Central African Republic and Senegal have been named as wildcards for Afrobasket.
http://www.africatopsports.com/2015/05/06/afrobasket-2015-les-trois-pays-beneficiaires-de-wild-cards-connus/

soulis79
05-10-2015, 02:46 PM
The final composition of the groups:

Group A: 1.Tunisia 2.Uganda 3.Nigeria 4.Central African Republic
Group B: 1. Angola; 2. Mozambique 3.Senegal 4.Morocco
Group C: 1. Egypt 2.Gabon 3. Mali 4. Cameroon
Group D: 1.Cote d'Ivoire 2.Cape Verde 3.Algeria 4.Zimbabwe

The first phase of the tournament will be played in a round robin format, with every team taking on its three (3) opponents in its respective group.

All teams will then advance to the Round of 16, where Group A crosses with group C (A1-C4, etc.), and Group B with D.

If all players are available then we will see a great tournament. Host Tunisia, reign champions Angola, last year surprise at WC Senegal, talented Nigeria, and solid Cameroon are some among the favourites. Underdogs are Cote D'Ivoire,Egypt and Cape-Verde, but not very far from the others.

Federoy
05-18-2015, 04:34 AM
The final composition of the groups:

Group A: 1.Tunisia 2.Uganda 3.Nigeria 4.Central African Republic
Group B: 1. Angola; 2. Mozambique 3.Senegal 4.Morocco
Group C: 1. Egypt 2.Gabon 3. Mali 4. Cameroon
Group D: 1.Cote d'Ivoire 2.Cape Verde 3.Algeria 4.Zimbabwe

The first phase of the tournament will be played in a round robin format, with every team taking on its three (3) opponents in its respective group.

All teams will then advance to the Round of 16, where Group A crosses with group C (A1-C4, etc.), and Group B with D.

If all players are available then we will see a great tournament. Host Tunisia, reign champions Angola, last year surprise at WC Senegal, talented Nigeria, and solid Cameroon are some among the favourites. Underdogs are Cote D'Ivoire,Egypt and Cape-Verde, but not very far from the others.

The Angola-Senegal match-up ought to be interesting in Group B; top seed in the group probably on the line. If Nigeria can field its full compliment of players, I see them taking Group A with Tunisia second. I'll give Cameroon and Mali the nod in Group C, and I'll go Ivory Coast and Algeria to take 1-2 in Group D. Just a prediction of course.

soulis79
07-26-2015, 12:57 PM
It seems that this year tournament will be very interesting to watch. Notable absences so far are:


Sami Driss(Tunisia) got injured and left the camp at Lithuania.
CAR's Mokongo is still at rehabilitation process and Mays declined invitation.
Yannick Moreira(Angola) has NBA commitments with Clippers, also Cipriano and Barros both of them got injured.
Maurice Ndour(Senegal) will try to make the Mavs roster. Hamady N'Diaye and Lamine Diane both decline invitation.
Egypt's Marei is probably out of the tournament.
Mbah a Moute is questionable for Cameroon. Sama and Essengue didn't appear at the trainning camp.


I think Tunisia with Roll addition, Angola with their good chemistry, Nigeria with the star-strong squad and Senegal are the favourites.

waterade
07-31-2015, 02:39 PM
William Voigt has announced Nigeria’s initial training roster for the 2015 Afrobasket

Deji Akindele – Metros (Dominican Republic)
Akin Akingbala – Rouen (France)
Al-Farouq Aminu – Portland Trailblazers (NBA)
Alade Aminu – TED Kolejliler (Turkey)
Ike Diogu – Ponce (Puerto Rico)
Jason Ebie – Lagos Islanders (Nigeria)
Chinemelu Elonu – Arecibo (Puerto Rico)
Micheal Eric – Enel Brindisi (Italy)
Michael Gbinije – Syracuse (NCAA)
Stanley Gumut – Marmentors (Nigeria)
Edo Karachi – Fresno State (NCAA)
Olaseni Lawal – Barcelona (Spain)
Derrick Obasohan – Monaco (France)
Chris Obepka – St John’s (NCAA) *Is transferring
Ikechukwu Ofoegbu – Arecibo (Puerto Rico)
Andy Ogide – Poitiers (France)
Chamberlain Oguchi – Unattached
Stanley Okoye – Varese (Italy)
Jamal Olasewere – Verviers-Prep (Belgium)
Olumide Oyedeji – London Lions (Great Britain)
Ekpe Udoh – Los Angeles Clippers (NBA)
Michael Umeh – Tezenis Verona (Italy)
Abubakar Usman – Kano Pillars (Nigeria)
Ben Uzoh – Lagos Islanders (Nigeria)
Abdulwahab Yahaya – Markmentors (Nigeria)
Talib Zanna – Oklahoma City B (NBA D-League)

Mika Hakinen
08-18-2015, 07:11 PM
Tomorrow it start, all games will be on livebasfetball.tv

JGX
08-19-2015, 12:22 PM
Gabon got off to a nice start against Egypt...then Egypt scored 33 points in a row. Stephane Lasme just hanging out.

Mika Hakinen
08-19-2015, 12:32 PM
In 1 q Egypt just didnt know what to do with Lasme defense, in the 2nd quarter Gabon stood up(39-3:D), Egypt is well protected, but a lot of fouls, and referees as usual below average, they don't feel the game.

Mika Hakinen
08-19-2015, 03:58 PM
This referees must work in circus, they dont know rules!:mad: Where FIBA finds this idots?:confused:

Michael Roll looks in Tunisia, like Dixon in Turkey, worse than all players on the floor

Federoy
08-20-2015, 01:54 AM
This might be the deepest, most competitive Afrobasket ever. Nigeria, Tunisia, Senegal, Angola, Egypt and Cameroon are all viable candidates to win the tournament. My money is on Nigeria, though.

CKR13
08-20-2015, 02:34 AM
Welcome back Champ Oguchi. He will make this most of this Afrobasket after missing 2013 with an injury. His scoring streak in leading the team has carried over from their tuneup games. We'll see how he will fares when tougher opposition with better defenses come up.

JGX
08-20-2015, 04:19 AM
The picture quality for the on-demand streams on livebasketball.tv is awful...baffling since the live streams are good quality.

None of Nigeria, Tunisia, or Cameroon was that impressive today. Nigeria needs to get the ball inside more in their offense and of course they need Diogu healthy. Tunisia probably nervous in front of the home crowd but Uganda gave a good effort.

Joško Poljak Fan
08-20-2015, 12:15 PM
Angola is traditionaly my favourite African team, however Nigeria looks strong and Senegal got my heart at the world championship.
From an outsider perspective African basketball is getting more competitive with more teams and the top ones increasing their level. I'd love to see Europe making some bigger contribution to that, however the majority of the raise of quality of AfroBbal has been an NCAA's domain to be honest.

Will take a look at Angola - Senegal that's for sure.

Mika Hakinen
08-20-2015, 03:28 PM
One Matos scored more than all Angola in 1 q 15-16(24), Angola play really bad, 9 turnovers in 1 q.

Angola just dont want play, its not 'clear' game in my opinion. They did all to surrend 1st half.

Well, I saw 4 games. Don't know what game playing in this tournament, but it's not basketball 100%, it can be called whistleball for sponsorship bookmakers.

Mojado
08-21-2015, 08:15 AM
Diogu with a groin injury... http://sportsdayonline.com/diogu-out-of-afrobasket-2015/

Morocco's Zouita was impressive...he would be even more impressive with a good FT ratio and less turnovers.
For now, I see Nigeria, Senegal, Egypt and Tunisia in the semi-finals.

Mindozas
08-21-2015, 08:30 AM
Diogu with a groin injury... http://sportsdayonline.com/diogu-out-of-afrobasket-2015/

God damnit, was hoping that finally Nigeria will lift the trophy, now it'll be really tough thing to do

Mika Hakinen
08-21-2015, 05:51 PM
Well, a very long game, broken board changed more than 1 hour, great game f Champ Oguchi 30 points(8/14 3s). Nigeria 1st contender for me right now.

Wuhahah
Crazy whistleball never stop, refs really stupid idiots, they do offensive foul and 2 shots!? New special africa rules? Incredibble.. One of the Egyptians disqualified in the middle of the 2nd q with 5 fouls. WOW.. I'm sure the champion here will determine the judges(FIBA).

At the end of 3rd q refs gifted 4 shots and ball(2 and ball as a gift) to Cameroon.

Officials:
Damir Javor(SLO)
Abreu Muhimua(MOZ)
Carlos Julio(ANG)
This guys are crooks, not fair referies. We all saw Javor in Euroleague, there he does not allow himself such shit.

Cameroon and Egypt played a great match, but the impression is spoiled by the judges.

CKR13
08-22-2015, 06:05 AM
Egypt almost collapsed in the 2nd quarter against Cameroon, but managed to answer with Cameroon's momentum in the 3rd and lead it despite close gaps in the 4th. Egypt tops Group C, so my bracket still holds.

Mojado
08-22-2015, 05:18 PM
Another casualty, this time its Faye from Senegal who has been kicked out yesterday from the team: http://www.pressafrik.com/Afrobasket-Senegal-Mohamed-Faye-suspendu-de-la-selection_a139581.html

Mika Hakinen
08-22-2015, 05:31 PM
Senegal with Dieng and without him - two different teams, he played like LeBron, the best organizer of the team, without him Senegal not stronger than Mozambique. Today stats: 28p+18reb+7ass!

Very impressed with the game Cape Verde, they play in the style of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic in their best time, its nice run'n'gun, these guys are nothing like Africans, more like South Americans. I. Almeida, D. Coronel and J. Xavier - top players for this tournament. This guys may beat some contenders i think.

After 2 tours my rating on the quality of the game:
1 Nigeria 2 Egypt 3 Cape Verde 4 Tunis 5 Senegal 6 Angola 7 Cameroon 8 Morocco...

Tell me is there a time limit for Moreira after the injury and why the coach does not allow him to play? And how to understand its current rotation, when he released Moore and Ndoniema only at the end of 3 quarters? What experiments? Angola is absolutely not deserved the victory today...The judges of the first killed in Morocco 2 quarter, just as its arbitrariness, and the last attack was not allowed to finish.

Dtown
08-23-2015, 05:53 PM
Nigeria vs. Tunisia today may be the highlight of the tournament thus far.

Mika Hakinen
08-23-2015, 06:32 PM
Nigeria vs. Tunisia today may be the highlight of the tournament thus far.

Agree, first big game, with homecourt advantage Tunis has some chances, and tomorrow's game Senegal - Angola is also must to view game!

Great 1st half both teams, top-euroleague level! Mejri looks like great Pharaon, 2 3s for him against deep 2 wild 3s Oguchi! Laval dont know what to do against Salah in paint, Salah just better, perfect defense of Tunis in first half.

Great decision to put on such an important game two judges from the Euroleague. No questions on judging.

Anyone know how many seats the sports Palace in Tunis? And how many fans go to the games home team?

The Nigerian bench looked better than the their stars, good game for M. Gbinije(10p), B. Uzoh(13p). Al-Farouq played fine in 1 half, got a couple of killing threes, where was he in the 2nd half I don't understand, he did not become the leader, which would have led the team in a difficult moment. Laval lost his micro-match Mejri without chances. Roll(16p+4reb+3ass) and Mejri(24p+7reb+3st+3blocks) played their best game of the tournament.

Dtown
08-23-2015, 09:45 PM
Tunisia pretty much cemented themselves at the favorite with this win.

greenarcher
08-24-2015, 04:25 AM
I'm surprised all the core guys for Angola are still playing. Though they aren't as dominant as before anymore.

What kind of a team is Tunisia?

Mika Hakinen
08-24-2015, 05:34 PM
It seems that Cape Verde has lost their pg B. Rudolph, he suffered the injury in the last game against Algeria and has not played today.

JGX
08-24-2015, 07:26 PM
Cape Verde was already thin, it is going to be tough if Rudolph can't play.

Classic Afrobasket game between Mozambique and Morocco, Mozambique seems to be better than in the past.

Mojado
08-24-2015, 08:34 PM
Cape Verde was already thin, it is going to be tough if Rudolph can't play.

Classic Afrobasket game between Mozambique and Morocco, Mozambique seems to be better than in the past.
Where in the world is Marques Houtman? :) I was hoping CV is going to bring in Ryan Gomes and Walter Tavares. If they can make it to the next stage (Olympic Qs), this two should really provide depth. Isnt there another PG/SG somewhere in Cape Cod these days with a CV passport?

Mojado
08-24-2015, 08:39 PM
I really like all that hustling anf fighting from Angola but the team lacks that x-factor that guys like Kikas Gomes and Olimpio Cipriano had in the past. Seems like a Team B to me, even though they are always keeping games tight. High basketball IQ makes up for other shortcomings.

Mika Hakinen
08-24-2015, 09:54 PM
WOW, what a finish! Bravo! Great thriller. You should watch the last 30 seconds in the replay!

The second day Afrobasket pleased with quality basketball! Dieng played all 40 minutes, 24p+9reb.

JGX
08-25-2015, 04:38 AM
Isnt there another PG/SG somewhere in Cape Cod these days with a CV passport?

Maybe this guy has Cape Verdean eligibility:
http://m.southcoasttoday.com/article/20150304/Sports/150309667

Dana Barros is probably available too.

Mojado
08-25-2015, 10:39 AM
Maybe this guy has Cape Verdean eligibility:
http://m.southcoasttoday.com/article/20150304/Sports/150309667

Dana Barros is probably available too.

Well, the connection to CV should be there for Jordan: http://www.corsairathletics.com/information/directory/bios/Brian_Rudolph

Mika Hakinen
08-25-2015, 10:02 PM
Today is the day of Angola and Tunisia, they are incredibly lucky in the end!

Dtown
08-25-2015, 11:19 PM
The danger of single elimination, especially when no one is eliminated from the previous round. Would have been a colossal upset if Tunisia went and Angola went down on the same day.

Federoy
08-26-2015, 03:48 AM
Stunning end to both the Tunisia and Angola games. This is one of the most thrilling zone tournaments I've seen in years. The games are so competitive and the quality of play has been excellent.

Mojado
08-26-2015, 09:43 AM
I bet Khalfi wont be sleeping the next days, just thinking over and over again about how he failed when it mattered most. First he kept the ball instead of passing it to run the down the clock, then making only one out of two FT two just to double-team Roll in the very last play of Tunisia instead of staying with his player...last tournament for him at this age thats for sure.

Mika Hakinen
08-26-2015, 05:11 PM
Cape Verde - Gabon 67-61 > 67-77 :D
Fair game?!:rolleyes::D

Mindozas
08-26-2015, 07:49 PM
FFS how the hell Cape Verde managed to lose vs Gabon... This Afrobasket is hilarious so far

Mika Hakinen
08-26-2015, 10:33 PM
1/4 final tomorrow
Gabon - Nigeria
Egypt - Angola
Senegal - Algeria
Tunisia - Mali

My opinion: 1 still Nigeria 2 Egypt 3 Tunisia 4 Senegal 5 Angola 6 Algeria 7 Mali 8 Gabon

the_black_planet
08-26-2015, 11:26 PM
Just watched some highlights but oh god, what a brilliant player is Dieng, what a joy to watch! He is a proven top level player of course but especially there, with lesser competition, he looks something like Roy Tarpley in his prime!!! And he is a player that always becomes better, year by year. He has still room from improvement, I'm sure about that and I'm trying to imagine how it would be like if he was signed by a top Euroleague team!

Terrorizer
08-27-2015, 01:01 AM
I was far from those internets in a last couple of weeks, so I've seen my first game of this year Afrobasket's edition only today with Algeria - Cameroon 1/8 finals. Argh, so weird. It was such a brilliant example of the old truth that 'order prevails over talent'.

I mean, on one hand you have 1) Kenny Kadji, once a highly touted prospect rated in Top 30 by many reliable scouting sources in the high school class of the 2008, who went to have a great success in Miami (Florida) University being one of the leaders of their 2012-13 team which went all the way to Sweet Sixteen - last season he played for Dinamo Sardegna in EL and was really useful for his not too great playing time, overall Kadji is an extremely versatile and long PF with excellent athletic abilities, very long hands and impressive shooting range; 2) bright Nanterre school product Jeremy Nzeulie who played valuable minutes for Nanterre (one of the best French teams, btw) this year; 3) extremely experienced Harding NaNa who was Al-CAA selection in his time with Delaware Blue Hens and then spent 9 seasons in Europe insluding successful stints with Ilisyakos and Branschweig in addition to being All-Star in Poland; 4) CFBB graduate Aldo Curti who played for various French junior national teams (in 2007 U-20 EuroBasket he played alongside current Algerian team member Mehdi Cheriet - and also de Colo, Causeur and Pape Sy) and averaged 5.3 points and 2.7 assists in his 9 seasons in ProA; 5) another very experienced player, Gaston Essengue, UNLV garduate who played professionally in France and Argentina where he continues to play; 6) Rhode Island graduate Parfait Bitee (a head coach's nephew which eases his way into the roster but still a solid - at least for African standards - backcourt player who after playing solid role for RI Rams fwhere he formed a part of the team's core alongside with players like Will Daniels and Jimmy Baron spent 2 seasons in Belgium and 1 in ProB before going to play in Africa); 7) Alexis Wangmene, a University of Texas graduate (he played sparingly there) with two seasons of professional experience in Slovenia (JPF has to know him); 8) fresh Harvard graduate (and a promising player from what I've seen from him today) Steve Moundou Missi who is ready to start his pro career in Dutch Leeuwarden; 9) redshirt transfer for Towson University Arnaud Adala Moto (another head cach's nephew afaik), an athletically freakish SF who played quite solid for Wake Forest in his freshman and sophomore seasons; 10) Nancy product Seydou N'Joya who never came to fulfill the promises he once made but still has some decent school plus young promising sharp-shooter Franck Tchoubaye who was undoubtedly the best Cameroon player in this game. If that's not an extremely solid core of players for AfroBasket standards, then I don't know what is.

On the other side, apart from aforementioned Mehdi Cheriet, Roanne product who played overseas with San Diego State Aztecs and had some solid seasons in ProB, there is only a couple of NM1 (3rd French tier) level players if we consider experience outside of African continent.

Yet Algeria beat Cameroon in a dramatic fashion and I can't say that this victory was undeserved. Cameroon played extremely stupid basketball all the game long. While they had a huge advantage in speed, athleticism and vlear edge in rebounding, they were unable to speed up a game wallowing in Algerian-imposed slow tempo and struggling mightily against simple Algerian 3-2 zone defense which they played almost all the game long. Algerian zone was mobile and their players showed good defensive instincts and organization but nevertheless it left their perimeter exposed on the massive scale. Yet Cameroon missed 36 (thirty six ffs!) three-pointers out of their overly excessive 47 attempts. Having a great advantage at rebounding and overall physical style paint play, they didn't even try to move the ball down low or at least do some slashes to the basket when Algerian defense was slightly late or positioning too close to backcourt players in hopes to hinder their shots. Cameroonians grabbed 15 offensive rebounds (Algeria had only 2) but after almost all of them they routinely moved the ball out of the paint back to the 3-point shooting range where every one of their back court stars (aside from Franck Tchoubaye who nailed 5 three-pointers including some crucial ones) tried to outshine his teammates in 'who will missed the most' competition. Nzeulie won with impressive even for retarded NBA standards 2 out of 12 result while Bitee and Adala Moto were close with 2 out of 8 and 1 out of 6 respectively. Their young star Kadji finished on 1 out of 9 field goals shooting (and no free throw attempts) with 4 missed three-pointers. There were glimpses of something good in Cameroon's game - for example, when they started to apply full court pressure more agressively or made some double-team traps for Algerian ball-handlers who struggled with it. Defensively they were not that bad after all. Their transition offense was sometimes effective but they used it far too rare.

Algeria hasn't showing anything otherworldly, especially on offense, but they moved the ball much better than their opponents and their main PG Mohamed Benzegala showed quite a great court vision with some very impressive assists which fooled all Cameroonian defense and ended with flashy dunks most of the time. Algerians were patient, well organized and overall disciplined. And that was enough to beat much more deep and individually talented Cameroonian team. Algerians hustled and just brimmed with enthusiasm as they wish to fight for every loose ball. Their bench was cheering euphorically and it was evident that team chemistry is very good in this squad. On the other hand, Cameroon looked tired, worn out and unable (or unwilling) to give their best effort on the court. Tchoubaye (who saved Cameroonian asses a lot in the game but in the end that was not enough) and Moundou Missi looked like the only players who really cared about this game which was really strange to see.

For Algeria it was Mohamed Harat who stole the show. Extremely effective, clever and all-around performance by this seriously undersized power forward. If not for the fact that he is seriously undersized for the position he plays (he has no outside shot so can't be viewed as small forward despite his 198 cm of height by any stretch of imagination), I suspect that he could be a steal even for some mid-level Euro Cup team. Very clever and effective player despite the fact that that this 1990 born Algerian star still plays in Morrocan championship.

By the way, Algeria struggled in the last minute or so, loosing the ball and allowing easy fast break points but in the end it was too little, too late for Cameroon even if Aldo Curti attempted an extremely difficult off-balance three-pointer for the win. It will be extremely hard for Algerians to advance at Senegal's expense but if they keep their fighting spirit high, then this game can be anything but one-sided.

Mika Hakinen
08-27-2015, 06:51 PM
Very disappointed in the terrible game of Egypt, they gave the victory Angola too easily


Just watched some highlights but oh god, what a brilliant player is Dieng, what a joy to watch! He is a proven top level player of course but especially there, with lesser competition, he looks something like Roy Tarpley in his prime!!! And he is a player that always becomes better, year by year. He has still room from improvement, I'm sure about that and I'm trying to imagine how it would be like if he was signed by a top Euroleague team!

Dieng too good for Euroleague, he can make a good career in the NBA, I do not see any hindrances for this.
http://i67.fastpic.ru/thumb/2015/0828/6a/53a6ed5abdd8cf579d3587602268426a.jpeg (http://fastpic.ru/view/67/2015/0828/53a6ed5abdd8cf579d3587602268426a.png.html)

CKR13
08-29-2015, 03:01 PM
According to Nigeria's team doctor Dayo Ogunkunle, Ike Diogu's recovery is at 50% by his estimate. Sounds like so far to go with the semis later.

Dtown
08-29-2015, 09:58 PM
The more things change, the more they say the same. Angola looking for their 12th title in 14 tournaments. Nigeria looking to finally break through and topple them. Should be good I think.

the_black_planet
08-29-2015, 10:59 PM
Very disappointed in the terrible game of Egypt, they gave the victory Angola too easily



Dieng too good for Euroleague, he can make a good career in the NBA, I do not see any hindrances for this.
http://i67.fastpic.ru/thumb/2015/0828/6a/53a6ed5abdd8cf579d3587602268426a.jpeg (http://fastpic.ru/view/67/2015/0828/53a6ed5abdd8cf579d3587602268426a.png.html)

Of course I know, the guy is a beast and one of the my favorites big men prospects in the whole NBA because he combines superb athletic and technical abilities! I just imagined in case somebody gonna spend very big money to have him for one season, he could be sth like Roy Tarpley in his prime in Europe, a one man show! BTW. tonight's game Senegal vs Nigeria should be a great match, judging from the stats, unfortunately Nigeria, even without Diogu has much more depth (Senegal of course also without Faye). Dieng was an orchestra again but Oguchi killed Senegal, 2nd time in the tournament with 8 3s and now in the semifinal, what a player!!! Did anyone watch the game? Is that really that good as it seems from the stats, I hope I can find it somewhere to watch it!

Baboulia
08-30-2015, 08:22 AM
Hi everybody!

I'm watching my first Afrobasket and I would like to comment on the fact that we can hear here and there about the fact that African continent would deserve more teams for the Olympics and World Championship. It is an understatement to say that I completely disagree with that. I understand that I have seen just a few games but the level that I saw in these 3 games (Gabon-Capo Verde, Angola-Egypt, Nigeria-Senegal) is very low in comparison with the standard European and American (South/North) teams.

My sensation is that African basketball has definitely improved, because of the dramatically increasing number of players who go to NCAA or European championships. It means that the talent is being developed all right.

But where it looks very bad is when we're coming to the basketball technique and IQ. Technique : OK, the players play hard in defense, they are athletic and can provide reliable help on defense. However, the offensive skills that one can observe (attention: don't base your opinion on Highlights...) are so poor, the collective skills are also very poor (in the first two games I've seen, it was typical that each team spent 10 seconds to arrive to the opponent's 3 points-line, then they looked for their main offensive guy so this latter could try a one-on-one play. If this guy can't be found, another one will do the one-on-one procedure). 1vs1 basketball all over the place.

Man, this is not the NBA, to play 1vs1 basketball, you have to be technically and physically at the top (or at least at a higher level than your opponent). Most of these players just don't have neither the skills nor the IQ to complete such things.

When I look to Angola team, yes, I can see that these guys understand what this game is about.

But how many times (in only three games), I have seen a 3 vs 1 attack which ends up by a pass in the tribunes! Oh my god, I'm here in front of the screen and I feel cheated...

And you guys? What do you think about this Afrobasket?
I agree with you that it seems that the global level has increased, and that more teams can pretend to a title.
But the result is here : Angola again hangs on the top like an angel.

I will however definitely watch today my first Afrobasket finale.

Dtown
08-30-2015, 08:42 PM
My god I just want to choke the score keepers in this tournament. How this is an issue in 1 game is shameful, but multiple games?! Aside from that the game so far is the definition of a rock fight. Combination of defense and ineptitude. Whoever gets comfortable with their offense first will likely win.

Halftime edit: Seems Nigeria is becoming comfortable! 37-24 Nigeria

Mika Hakinen
08-30-2015, 09:00 PM
This is the worst tournament I have ever watched!

Dtown
08-30-2015, 09:55 PM
Congrats to Nigeria to their first title and second straight trip to the Olympics!

kamokamo
08-30-2015, 10:22 PM
Finally, Nigeria is Fiba Africa champions! Congratulations brothers!

JGX
08-30-2015, 11:36 PM
Wasn't able to watch the knockout stage but sounds like there were lots of close games. Happy that D'Tigers are going to D'Olympics.

While there are a good number of "diaspora players" in the tournament, it is great that there are relatively few mercenary "naturalized players", even though a lot of the teams would be greatly improved with a strong American point guard.

CKR13
08-31-2015, 12:53 AM
Congratulations to Nigeria! This is even better than 2011 and 2012. See you in Rio, D'Tigers.

Terrorizer
08-31-2015, 02:46 AM
Hi everybody!

I'm watching my first Afrobasket and I would like to comment on the fact that we can hear here and there about the fact that African continent would deserve more teams for the Olympics and World Championship. It is an understatement to say that I completely disagree with that. I understand that I have seen just a few games but the level that I saw in these 3 games (Gabon-Capo Verde, Angola-Egypt, Nigeria-Senegal) is very low in comparison with the standard European and American (South/North) teams.

My sensation is that African basketball has definitely improved, because of the dramatically increasing number of players who go to NCAA or European championships. It means that the talent is being developed all right.

But where it looks very bad is when we're coming to the basketball technique and IQ.

...

And you guys? What do you think about this Afrobasket?
I agree with you that it seems that the global level has increased, and that more teams can pretend to a title.
But the result is here : Angola again hangs on the top like an angel.

I watched not enough of this edition of AfroBasket (unlike some previous ones) but in general I do agree with some of your points. Nevertheless, I think that level of African basketball as a whole is growing. More competitive teams, more players who are able to build a solid career in Europe, less sloppy plays (yeah, it really is a case if you compare current situation with what we have some 10 years ago). Truth is that level of organization, team-play and discipline continues to be very low. Yet growing, as I hope.

Offensive organization still suffers the most as hardest of the African teams contrive to play both stagnantly primitive and overly adventuristic on offense. Yet individual talent is present and in this department African basketball progresses a lot, even if most of the time this talent isn't adequately managed. Moreover, there is a lot of improvement in defensive organization in African basketball, many teams who lack in individual talent and 1-on-1 defense quite successfully use zone defense and overall show a decent to solid level of defensive teamplay and interaction. In fact, I suspect that strengthened and improved defense makes offense in this tournament to look not very impressive. Yep, for example, many fast breaks went down horribly wrong with sloppy moves and retarded shots instead of arranging an easy lay-up but it is in a lrage part due to the fact that opponents now are trying to play some dedicated (and often competent!) defense in these situations as opposed to passive watching of how opponents will arange that easy lay-up. It's just one example but I think that it's pretty indicative of why some games look like brickfests. It's just really improved defense prevailing over improved yet not on that scale offense.

By the way, I think that it is quite logical that Angola was dethroned and that it was exactly Nigeria who did it. I expected this outcome (Nigeria as champion) even before the start of tournament. Congrats to the new champs!

Angola and, to a lesser extent, North African teams show how improved coaching, building a good team chemistry, arranging proper team-play and forcing your 'stars' to adopt to it makes national teams a whole lot of levels stronger. I hope that more and more African NT will learn this lesson and follow this way.

greenarcher
08-31-2015, 03:04 AM
LOL 47 vs 16 attempts in the FT line. What happened?

Federoy
08-31-2015, 04:07 AM
This is the worst tournament I have ever watched!

Apparently you didn't watch the 2013 FIBA Americas Tournament :o

Mika Hakinen
09-01-2015, 01:37 AM
Why Angolians are not going to play in Europe? Carlos Morais could play at the Euroleague level, or be a star in the Eurocup. What is the salary in the Angolan League?

Mika Hakinen
09-05-2015, 04:44 AM
Siauliai signs Assem Marei, interesting move!
http://www.afrobasket.com/Egypt/news/419858/Siauliai-signs-Assem-Marei
http://www.bcsiauliai.lt/NAUJIENOS/Siauliu-ekipa-prisiviliojo-Egipto-rinktines-lyderi-Assema-Marei-u