Kigali, Rwanda, and Alexandria, Egypt are set to host the Federation of International Basketball Association, FIBA AfroBasket Qualifiers in November 2020, as the International Basketball body FIBA has reported.
Kigali will host three of the tournaments featuring 12 teams from Groups A, B, and D, with the four teams of Group E competing in Alexandria. The games of Group C have already been played.
This development means Nigeria men basketball National Team, D’Tigers will play one of the host, Rwanda in Group C which also comprises Mali and Algeria.
Group A houses Tunisia, Central African Republic, Congo, and Madagascar. Group B has Senegal, Angola, Mozambique, and Kenya; while Group E is made up of Morocco, Egypt, Uganda, and yet to be known winner of pre-qualifiers.
The most important criteria in choosing the hosts was health and travel guarantees and compliance with FIBA health protocols, including testing and controlled entry into a secure environment.
The exact schedule of games and the February window hosts will be confirmed at a later date as per the communication from FIBA.
The decision to play both windows in bubbles was confirmed by FIBA Executive Committee in September 2020 after taking into consideration the health and safety of players, coaches and officials, and following a recommendation from the Medical and Competitions Commissions.
FIBA will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Africa on a daily basis and communicate further updates regarding FIBA Competitions when necessary.
It should be noted that South Sudan will battle Chad and Cape Verde Island from 23rd – 25th October 2020 to get one team which is set to join Uganda, Egypt and Morocco in group E. a win for the Bright Stars will see them competing in the AfroBasket for the first time.