03 October, 2023
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Who will advance to the Semi-Finals and Who will go home?


YAOUNDE (Cameroon) - The West Division Elite 16 has reached a defining moment as six teams take to the floor on Thursday to decide their future in the competition.

Since it started on Tuesday, October 31, the seven teams have played a total of six games, however, it's the next three games on Thursday that will determine who advances to the Semi-Finals and who will go home.

As it stands all seven teams (Stade Malien withdrew a few days before the start of the qualifiers) still stand a chance of continuing to fight for the Division's three tickets for the prestigious Basketball Africa League (BAL), which will enter its fourth season early next year.To do so, teams must finish in the top two places of Groups A and B.

Here's a look at Thursday's West Division Elite 16 actions and what teams need to do keep their BAL dreams alive.

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FUS Rabat (Morocco) v SLAC (Guinea) - (14:00 GMT+1)

Rabat currently leads Group B with a perfect 2-0 mark while the Guinean champions, who have shown a tremendous spirited attitude throughout the tournament, are yet to record their first win after two games.

The Moroccan champions remain in control of their Elite 16 destiny thanks to wins over ABC Fighters and Bangui Sporting Club, two teams that appear in second and third place in the group. 

With a negative points differential (-37), SLAC find themselves in hot water, but its' early to rule them out just yet. 

FUS Rabat, on the other hand, have realistic chances of progressing to the next round. 

BC Virunga (DR Congo) v Al Ahly Benghazi (Libya) (17:00 GMT+1)

After losing 84-63 to FAP earlier in the qualifier, this has become a must-win game for the Congolese champions, who risk returning home empty-handed if they lose to Benghazi.

As for the Libyan champions, a win will see them improve to 2-0 and secure the top spot of Group A and a place in the Semi-Finals.

Benghazi, on Wednesday showed what they are made of after beating Cameroon's FAP 86-77 in what was a hard-fought triumph.

FAP (1-1), on the other hand, concluded their Group Phase campaign on Wednesday and will eagerly await for their feat on Thursday

Bangui Sporting Club (Central African Republic) v ABC Fighters (Cote d'Ivoire) (20:00 GMT+1)

The Bangui are playing as hosts of the West Division Elite 16 in Yaounde due to logistic issues in Bangui, and they started off with an 88-79 win against SLAC.

However, facing FUS Rabat in what was their toughest test in the qualifiers so far, the Central African Republic champions collapsed when they looked set to extend their winning streak to 2-0. Instead Bangui were relegated to the third place of the group with a 1-1 record.

This is probably the most unpredictable game of the day as either team can move on to the semis with a win, while the losing team will go home.