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2021 FIBA Afrobasket: Silverbacks Land Egypt In Qualifiers

*Group A – Tunisia, Central Africa Republic, DRC, Zone 6,7

*Group B – Senegal, Angola, Mozambique, Zone 5.

*Group C – Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Zone 4

*Group D – Nigeria, Mali, Rwanda, Zone 1,2

*Group E – Morocco, Egypt, Uganda, Zone 3.

Uganda’s senior men national basketball team, the Silverbacks, have learnt their fate at the coming 2021 Afrobasket Qualifiers.

The Silverbacks will face giants Egypt after the duo were pitted together in a four-team group E alongside Morocco and Zone 3 winner which will be determined at a later date.

Egypt is one of the basketball powerhouses on the African continent having won Afrobasket five times and also beat Uganda in zone five (Afrocan qualifiers) 73-64 in June in Kampala.

Can Uganda stop Egypt and Morocco in Afrobasket qualifiers? Stone Images

Defending Champions Tunisia are pitted in Pool A alongside Central Africa Republic, DRC and Zone 6,7.

Groups can be seen as listed on top.

Three groups will play from February 17-25, 2020 with the other two starting their campaign in the next window from November 23 – December 1, 2020 at venues yet to be determined, according to FIBA website.

Uganda will be targeting to return to Afrobasket – an equivalent of AFCON in Football – for their third straight time after making their debut in 2015 in Tunisia before returning in 2017.

The draws for Afrobasket were held on Friday in Kigali ahead of the tourney that will be hosted in the Kigali Arena on August 17-29, 2021.

Read: Egypt win FIBA 3X3 In Uganda

Silverbacks’ Tonny Drilleba (left) tries to disposes an Egyptian guard at Lugogo. Stone images

The Qualification process:

Having played in the Afrobasket in 2017, Uganda was among the 15 teams that received a bye at the first stage of qualification.

The second phase of qualifiers will see the five winners of each group progress to join the 15 teams that took part in the FIBA AfroBasket 2017 in Tunisia.

Zone three winner will join Uganda’s group. The Zone three qualifiers will be held in Liberia with hosts facing Ghana and Niger in January, in the first phase of qualifiers.

In the second phase (where Uganda is part), in each group, the teams will play two tournaments that will take place in three international windows.

Groups A, C and E will play from February 17-25, 2020 with the other two starting their campaign in the next window from November 23 – December 1, 2020 at venues yet to be determined.

Top three in each group will qualify to the 2021 FIBA Afrobasket, hosts Rwanda qualified automatically.

In 2017, Egypt finished eighth, Morocco came fourth while Uganda were 13th of the 16 teams.

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