FIBA World Cup Qualifiers: Rwanda registers it’s first win and Nigeria advanced to the second round of the FIBA African World Cup qualifiers

Rwanda beat Cameroon to register first win in FIBA World Cup qualifiers, the national team Amavubi beat Cameroon 59-52 to register it’s first victory in the qualifiers of the FIBA World Cup 2023. Prior to the game, Rwanda had lost all the 4 games it had played in the two windows of the qualifiers.

Rwanda was defeated by South Sudan in the first round 73-63 at BK Arena on Friday.

Nigeria’s senior men’s national basketball team, Nigeria have advanced to the second round of the FIBA African World Cup qualifiers with a game to spare after walking over Mali.

Despite losing their first game of the third window of the qualifiers to Cape Verde, D’Tigers of Nigeria are through to the final qualification phase after Mali failed to turn up for their second group A game, thereby forfeiting the points to Nigeria. Under FIBA rules, the Malians have now been disqualified after forfeiting for the second time.

Mali have been eliminated from the FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifiers 2023 after forfeiting another game in the second window. Mali were meant to play Nigeria at the BK Arena but the players were on strike over financial issues with their federation. According to reports, players haven’t been paid their allowances for three years thus taking industrial action.

The side also forfeited the game against Uganda. With two games forfeited, Mali is thus eliminated from the tournament as per the rules. Mali’s elimination means Uganda, Cape Verde, and Nigeria automatically advanced to the second round of the World Cup Qualifiers from Group A.

As a result, Nigeria advanced with three wins from five games over their windows of qualifiers before taking on Uganda in their last group A game on July 3 at the BK arena in Kigali.

Based on FIBA’s qualification guidelines, the top three teams from each group will advance to the 12-team Second Round. Here, they will join three other countries to create two six-team groups.  All teams will carry over their results from the First Round.

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