Everything remains up for grabs in Group F of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 African Qualifiers as Window 4 sees the start of the Second Round and some majorly important games.
Group F is composed of three teams from First Round Groups B and D and the six teams will convene in the northern coastal Tunisian city Monastir for three games each. The remaining African Qualifiers games will be played from February 24-26, 2023.
Here’s what the standings look like in Group F heading into Window 4 of the African Qualifiers:
1. South Sudan
4. Congo DR
Friday, August 26
Congo DR vs Cameroon – 16:30 local time
Egypt vs Tunisia – 19:30 local time
Senegal vs South Sudan- 22:30 local time
Saturday, August 27
Cameroon vs Egypt – 16:30 local time
Tunisia vs Senegal – 19:30 local time
South Sudan vs Congo DR – 22:30 local time
Sunday, August 28
Senegal vs Cameroon – 16:30 local time
Congo DR vs Tunisia – 19:30 local time
Egypt vs South Sudan – 22:30 local time
The world’s youngest basketball member South Sudan came to Tunisia hoping nobody would wake them up after a fairytale First Round campaign in which they won all six games for a perfect 6-0 record going into Group F play.
South Sudan can actually book their ticket to the FIBA World Cup 2023 with three wins in Monastir and other results, but also know that Senegal, Congo DR, and Egypt will give their all to bring South Sudan back down to earth.
Egypt has to like their standing at 5-1 but things will not be easy for the Pharaohs either, taking on Tunisia, a desperate Cameroon, and South Sudan. Still, Egypt could also lock up a spot at next summer’s big show with the right results – and help forget about missing out on China 2019.
Speaking of Tunisia, the 4-2 The Eagles of Carthage have been a real force when playing at home – their last defeat on home soil coming at the FIBA AfroBasket 2015 Semi-Finals, a stretch of 15 games including six in the FIBA World Cup 2019 African Qualifiers. Will that streak come to an end?
Also at 4-2 are Congo DR, who do have two losses against Egypt but two victories over Senegal if a tiebreaker comes later. The Leopards will have a new head coach and Emmanuel Mavomo would love to see his team grab three wins.
Senegal also has a new play-caller in former international DeSagana Diop and the 3-3 team will be boosted by the returns of Brancou Badio, Khalifa Diop, and Amar Sylla.
Things might be too late already for Cameroon, who are 1-5 in the group and desperately need three wins in Tunisia to stay alive.