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July 2019
Action shifts to the Quarter-Finals of the #FIBAU16Africa in Praia
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Action shifts to the Quarter-Finals of the #FIBAU16Africa in Praia

PRAIA (Cape Verde) - The final day of the group phase on Wednesday was very dramatic as teams try every means to outdo one another for proper placement in both groups with only two teams - Egypt and Mali stay unbeaten after four games.

We take a look at the match-up as teams ignited the Pavilhão Desportivo Vavá arena with a search for comfortable placement in the two groups on Wednesday. 

Rwanda vs Egypt

Rwanda will surely have their hands full when they file out against three-time champions Egypt in the first Quarter-final on Friday. 

Egypt who have kept a hundred percent record in four games looks to return to the podium once again and will hope to launch their arsenal on Rwanda who finished fourth in Group B after a last preliminary game loss to Tunisia.

Key Players:

Moamen Abouzeid (EGY) - 21PPG, 3.6RPG, 1.6APG
Kelvin Ishema (RWA) - 10PPG, 5.7RPG

Top Stats:

Rwanda might be in for a raw deal on Friday as Egypt boast of an impeccable statistics as the leading scoring and defensive side of the championship with 102.3 PPG, 74.3 RPG against Rwanda's 49.7PPG and 46.7RPG, the only area Rwanda appear marginally better is in free throw percentage with 55.8% to Egypt. 52.9%.

Cape Verde vs Mali

Cape Verde who almost causes a stir against Angola on Wednesday night in both sides' last Group A game will need more than home support against defending champion, Mali who drew inspiration from the performance of their U19 team at the just concluded FIBA U19 World Cup held in Greece .

Key players:

Hugo Silva (CPV) - 14.8PPG, 7.5RPG
Abdramane Kanoute (MLI) - 12PPG, 5RPG

Top Stats:

Mali ranked fourth in statistics with 62.5PPG and 59.8RPG but fell short to Cape Verde from the free throw line with 49.4% to Cape Verde's 54.7%.

Tunisia vs Nigeria 

This is one game that drew most attention against the backdrop that the Nigerian side roster is limited to eight players but have man held their pride losing only one game in series by a single digit to Egypt (86-77) in their opening but went to end the group phase with a 3-1 record.

Key players:

Farouk Isah (NGR) - 19.4PPG, 2.8RPG
Hamza Mahjoubi (TUN) - 18.7PPG, 8RPG.

Top Stats:

Nigeria boast of a better credential above their opponents in all field with 95.8PPG - 47.7PPG, 52.7FT-46.7 and 69.8RPG-37.3RPG

Angola vs Guinea

This match-up could be rated as an evenly balanced pairing but with some advantage to the Angolan if one is to judge by the available statistics.

Key players:

Fabio Antonio (ANG) - 15.3PPG, 4.8RPG
Ibrahima Diallo (GUI) - 10.0PPG, 4.5RPG.

Top Stats:

In this pairing everything looks towards Angola who are third on the statistics chart but against Guinea who play with so much energy the game could pass for a 50-50 call.
Though Angola has better statistics of 65.0PPG - 51.0PPG, 50.8RPG - 43.0RPG and 56.5FT%-42.3%.

All eyes will however be on which teams to make to the semi-final.