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Which teams are playing in the second window of the African Qualifiers?
ABIDJAN (Cote d'Ivoire) - In a matter of weeks from now, eight African countries, divided in Groups B and D, will open their race for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.
The second window of the African Qualifiers will run from February 25-27 in Dakar, Senegal with the eight teams playing a total of 12 games in the three-day event.
A total of 16 nations from all corners of Africa are involved in the race for the five tickets available for Africa for the for the 32-nation showpiece in Indonesia, Japan, Philippines next year.
But which teams are playing in the second of the African Qualifiers?
In this second window, Cameroon, Rwanda, high-flying South Sudan, and reigning African champions Tunisia will compete in Group B while DR Congo, Egypt, Kenya, and host Senegal will do battle in Group D.
Tunisia surely know that their pride will be at stake, and, as such, will be in no mood to take other teams in Group B for granted.
The North African side, still basking in the euphoria of their conquest five months back in Kigali, is certain to come up strong.
The three-time African champions are already familiar with South Sudan who they eliminated in the 2021 AfroBasket Quarter-Finals 80-65, but did not come across Cameroon and Rwanda.
That withstanding, they will be prepared for the unknown battles and tournament's MVP Makrem Ben Romdhane will again be ready to inspire his side again.
Rwanda finished the 2021 AfroBasket with a 2-2 record putting up shocking victories over DR Congo 82-68 and Angola 71-68.
For a team that is on the rise, they sure will give Group A opponents moments to worry.
Cameroon left Kigali on a 0-3 record and are expected to prove critics wrong by putting up a good show in Dakar.
Group D team will have to contend with the fire power of host Senegal who finished third in Kigali on a 5-1 record, a result that will no doubt be a strong motivation against 9th-place Kenya who just re-signed Cliff Owuor as head coach.
Owuor has revealed that his ambition is to take the team to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.
Egypt will attempt to make a strong comeback as a powerhouse of African basketball despite their 11th-place finish in Kigali with a record 1-3.
They are aware of the huge task before them and will be looking to make the next Window of the Qualifiers.
DR Congo finished 13th-place with a 1-2 record at the FIBA AfroBasket 2021. They have a tall task against Kenya, Senegal and Egypt.
The six-window African Qualifiers started in November 2021 and will finish in March 2023.
The teams that finish in the top-three places of Groups A, B, C and D, will advance to Second Round of the African Qualifiers, where the twelve teams will battle it out for the five tickets for FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.