The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Regional Office Africa has today, Friday 16th January 2021 confirmed Tunisia and Cameroon as the countries to host the upcoming AfroBasket qualifiers in February.
The selections were made while considering health and travel guarantees and compliance with FIBA health protocols, including testing and controlled entry into a secure environment as the key factors.
After successfully holding the games of the Qualifiers in bubbles in November, the third and last window will also be organized in a protected environment in order to ensure the health and safety of all participants.
The regional office also confirmed that all the remaining games of the FIBA AfroBasket 2021 Qualifiers will take place during this final window from February 17 to 21, 2021, with the bubbles being hosted in the cities of Monastir (Tunisia) and Yaounde (Cameroon).
The Second Round of Groups A,D, and E will be held in Monastir while Groups B and C will be played in Yaounde from February 19 to 21. The games will be held in Yaounde for a second time after the central African country hosted the First Round of Group C in February 2020. Ivory Coast alongside Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Guinea had their games in Cameroon City last October.
Meanwhile, the competitions will return to Tunisia for the first time since September 2018 when the reigning African champions hosted the third window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup African Qualifiers 2019. Prior to that, Tunisia co-hosted the 2017 edition of the African Championship with Senegal, and two years earlier they finished third as hosts of the AfroBasket 2015.
The national teams that finish in the first three places of each group qualify for the 30th edition of Africa’s premier basketball competition, which will take place in the Rwandan capital of Kigali from August 24 to September 5.
In case hosts Rwanda is ranked first, second or third in their group, then the three highest-placed teams will make it to the final tournament from Group D. This also means that the best fourth-placed team in all the five groups, based on the classification rules of the Official Basketball Rules, shall obtain the last spot for the FIBA AfroBasket 2021, making a total of 16 teams.