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September 2017
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Can Morocco extend winning streak and reach the semis?

TUNIS (FIBA AfroBasket 2017) - Eight teams are now set to compete for the right of reaching the FIBA AfroBasket 2017 Semi-Finals.Who will prevail and which teams will go home on Thursday, September 14?

FIBA.Basketball brings you an insight of what might happen at Salle Omnisport de Rades, on the outskirts of the Tunisian capital Tunis.

A quick look into the NIKE FIBA World Rankings, and Egypt emerge as the number six team on the continent while Morocco come in the tenth place.
When it comes to facing each other, Egypt keep a 2-1 edge dating back to 1991.

Meanwhile, if Morocco continue to play at the level they dispatched their Group B opponents Angola, Uganda and the Central African Republic in Dakar last week, they might see off Egypt as well.

While veteran duo of Mustapha Khalfi and Soufiane Kourodu performed below expectations, John Wilkins, Ali Lahrichi and Adil El Makssoud became Morocco game-changers in the Group Phase.

And, beating Angola for the first time in three decades gave Morocco a tremendous morale booster heading for the Quarter-Finals.

However, Morocco know how smartly Egypt move the ball, and they shouldn't overlook the Pharaohs, who will look to make it to the Semi-Finals for the first time since 2013.

TALENTS TO WATCH: John Wilkins, Soufiane Kourodu and Ali Lahrichi (Morocco). Moustapha Elmekawi and Ibrahim El Gammal (Egypt).