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Can these 5 World Cup African Qualifiers records be broken?

BENGUELA (Angola) - The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 African Qualifiers not only determined the five teams that represented the continent in China 2019, but it also saw a number of records being set.

In the run-up to the African Qualifiers 2023 that gets underway on Friday, November 26 in Benguela, FIBA.basketball goes through the history books, and asks whether or not some of the records can even be beaten.

Obviously, records are set to beaten, but can they really?

JORDAN NWORA CAUGHT FIRE (Most points in a game)

On 1 July 2018, Jordan Nwora was a 19-year-old looking to find his space within a Nigerian side that was loaded with a number of experienced an talented players.

But for Nwora to prove that he belonged within the D'Tigers fabric, he needed to bring his A-Game that made him a promising star, and it didn't take long before he found his rhythm in a 93-53 demolition over Mali.


Buried 5-of-11 three-point attempts, was 7-of-8 from the charity stripe, and no-one seemed capable of stopping near the basket where he was 7-of-9 to finish with 36 points, a World Cup African Qualifiers.   

Rwanda's Kenneth Gasana came close to Nwora's record when he finished with 33 points in a 77-69 defeat to the Central African Republic in the final of the African Qualifiers on 24 February 2019, but Nwora still holds the record for most points in a single African Qualifiers game.

BIG MEN CAN DO IT TOO (Double-double)

Modern basketball may have become guards-oriented across the globe, but two big men - Egypt's Omar Oraby and Chad's Placide Nakidjim - proved that they can impact the game at both ends of the floor as they established a record for most a double-double records in the African Qualifiers two years ago.

Omar Tarek Oraby

Oraby and Nakidjim (main picture) recorded four double-doubles in twelve games although Egypt and Chad missed out on the train to the World Cup 2019.

The 2.19 (7ft 1in) Oraby averaged 11.4 points and 7.7 rebounds per game while 2.09m (6ft 10) Nakidjim contributed 8.9 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.

KING OF THE BOARDS (Most rebounds in a game)

The Central African Republic (CAF) and Cote d'Ivoire have become one of the most fascinating rivalries in African basketball in recent times, and when they met on 25 February 2018 in Maputo it went to the wire.

Johan Grebongo

Johan Grebongo not only helped CAF beat the Elephants of Cote d'Ivoire 63-62 in overtime, but he also established an African Qualifiers for most rebounds in a game by grabbing 18 boards. 

The 2.01m (6ft 7in) power forward added 10 points.


On 24 February 2019, Rwanda's Kenneth Gasana established an African Qualifiers three-point record after burying 7-of-9 shots from beyond the arc to finish with 33 points although Rwanda fell to CAF 77-69. 

NOT IN MY HOUSE (Block shots)

Placide Nakidjim (Chad) and Mohamed Choua (Morocco) risk seeing the block shots record being broken as neither Chad nor Morocco reached the World Cup 2023 African Qualifiers.

The pair established a record for most blocked shots in a single game.

Mohamed Choua (right)

On 26 November 2017, Chad trounced Guinea 85-51 in a game that Nakidjim was ruthless, protecting the rim with a record six blocks. 

However, on 16 September 2018, Choua was finished with six swats as Morocco overcame Chad 69-63.