Thursday, December 19
*UNZ Pacers Vs JKT – 1:30PM
*KPA Vs Ferroviario Maputo – 4:00PM
*Cobra Vs City Oilers – 6:30PM
*Patriots Vs GNBC – 9PM
City Oilers face an aptitude test against South Sudan’s Cobra in their last group game at the 2020 Basketball Africa League (BAL) qualifiers.
Oilers who got a walkover against KPA on the opening day, come into the game after a 87-92 loss against Ferroviario Maputo on Wednesday.
Mandy Juruni’s side will have to beat Cobra to book the remaining spot on the semis.
Patriots (Rwanda), GNBC (Madagascar) and Maputo (Mozambique) have already booked their spot in the semis. The top three in the tourney overall reach the BAL set next year.
Against Cobra, they face a side that lost to Maputo 74-59 in their opener, and agreed to reschedule their game Vs KPA to Friday – The Kenyan side had not arrived on Wednesday for game Vs Cobra by tip-off time.
Cobra will be inspired by former UCU Canons and Betway Power guard Stephen Wundi Rumudu and Geoffrey Soro – The latter plies his trade with Power in NBL.
The duo have faced Mandy Juruni’s City Oilers on various occasions, especially in the league and that might play as an added advantage in terms of confidence for the South Sudanese side.
“Obviously, its an awesome opportunity for every basketballer to play at such a high level,” Soro relished his chance to play at BAL when approached by this website. “The only target we have is to qualify for the BAL.”
Soro scored five points while Wundi weighed on with a team high 15 points from 6-of-14 shooting as Cobra lost to Maputo.
*UNZA Pacers 53-76 Patriots
*JKT 63-87 GNBC
*City Oilers 87-92 Maputo
*KPA vs Cobra (rescheduled)