ANGOLA TO REPLACE CONGO AS HOST OF 2017 AFRICAN BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP AUG 19-30

LUANDA, Angola will host the 2017 African Cup of Nations Basketball Championships (Afrobasket2017) from Au 19 to 30, replacing the Republic of Congo, the FIBA Africa Council has announced in a posting on its website.

The decision to select Angola as the new host nation for the tournament was made after a meeting in Bamako between the Angolan Basketball Federation (FAB) and the Africa Council of FIBA, the world governing body for basketball.

This will be the fourth time that Angola, one of the powerhouses of the game in Africa, will be organizing this competition, after having hosted it in 1989, 1999 and 2007.

The tournament will feature 16 teams — reigning champions Nigeria, Angola, Morocco, Tunisia, Mali, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Egypt, Uganda, Mozambique and South Africa. Guinea and Rwanda have received invitations to participate as wild card qualifiers.

An additional wild card will also be awarded for a team which will replace the Republic of Congo, which has cited logistical issues as the reason for its inability to host the competition.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK