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South Sudan To Battle Chad, And Cape Verde For 2021 AfroBasket Qualifying Ticket In Cameroon

The South Sudan Basketball Team posing for a group photo

The Yaounde Sports Complex in Cameroon will serve as the arena where Cape Verde, Chad and South Sudan will tussle for a ticket to make it to the last round of Qualifiers for the FIBA AfroBasket 2021.

All three teams were handed wildcards with the games to be played from October 22-24, 2020  in Cameroon’s administrative capital of Yaounde.

The Bright Stars will be hoping they can worm their way to the final round of Qualifiers after taking part in the 2017 qualifiers.

South Sudan are gunning for a maiden appearance at the FIBA  AfroBasket. A first attempt at getting to the Qualifiers had proven unsuccessful with a 74-68 defeat to Kenya and a 4-1 slate during the Pre Qualifiers in January.

But buoyed by another shot at their target via the wildcard, South Sudan’s basketball officials are upbeat the tale will be different this time around.

“We have so many players across the continent and around the world who are doing very well and playing at the highest level so the future is very bright for South Sudanese basketball,”Majak Moun, a member of South Sudan’s technical team mentioned to in September.

“We want to qualify for the Qualifiers in November. That will give us a chance to go to the AfroBasket.”

South Sudan will be up against Cape Verde and Chad from the October 22-24 in Yaounde. The victor of the wildcard tournament will take on Egypt, Morocco and Uganda in Group E of the Qualifiers from November 27-29 in Alexandria.

Meanwhile Chad’s lone appearance in the African jamboree was nine years ago in Madagascar but having the chance to rival with the continent’s best basketball nations is an idea they’ve entertained for about a decade.

Pitted against Equatorial Guinea and Gabon in Group C in the previous qualifying round, Chad’s two victories in four outings had dashed their aspirations for the next stage.

The South Sudan team will leave for Cameroon on the 14th October, 2020 and reach Cameroon on 15th October, 2020. 

The South Sudan Basketball Team posing for a group photo before taking on Burundi. Photo: SSBF

Here are the Fixtures.

October 22, 2020 16:00, Chad vs Cape Verde Island 

October 23, 2020 16:00, Cape Verde vs South Sudan 

October 24, 2020 16:00, South Sudan vs Chad.

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