22 November, 2021
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VOTE for your MVP of Day 1: Nigerian teen, Omot, Tavares, Anas or Badio?


ALEXANDRIA/LUANDA (Egypt/Angola) - Gameday 1 of Window 6 of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 African Qualifiers saw Egypt and South Sudan qualify for the World Cup, but there was a number of outstanding individuals performances that may impact the outcome of the race for the remaining two tickets.

Here is your opportunity to vote for your Most Valuable Player (MVP) from Friday's action in Alexandria and Luanda.

Israel Otobo, this 18-year-old Nigerian, made his African Qualifiers debut with a terrific display.

Coming off the bench the teen, who plays locally for Nigeria Customs, not only made 6 of his 7 field-goal attempts, but he also crashed the boards with his 13 rebounds to register a double-double in his debut with Nigeria men's team. In the process, D'Tigers ended Cote d'Ivoire's unbeaten run in the African Qualifiers with a 72-63 victory.

Williams Tavares came up with man-of-the-match performance to spark Cape Verde in a 78-70 triumph over Guinea. He had a 6-for-8 shooting, including a perfect 2-for-2 shooting from behind the arc as the Blue Sharks rallied to deny Guinea.

In his best display in the African Qualifiers so far, Nuni Omot put up big numbers to help South Sudan beat a stubborn Senegal team and qualify for the World Cup. His 26 points and 8 rebounds proved huge for the Bright Stars.

It wasn't meant to be for Brancou Badio, who did everything possible to help Senegal boost their African Qualifiers chances. But his 29 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists proved fruitless for the Lions. Still, a great performance.

On the day that Egypt desperately needed a win to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 2014, Anas Mahmoud's first African Qualifiers double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds proved vital.

VOTE for Your MVP of Day 1 of W6 of the African Qualifiers.