Africa U18 Basketball Championships: Rwanda face Egypt for ticket to semis

Rwanda’s U18 basketball team head coach Yves Murenzi gives instructions to his players during the 62-58 victory over Tunisia last Saturday at Palais de Sports Salamatou Maiga in Bamako Mali. Courtesy.

Friday

Quarter-finals
Libya Vs Senegal 14:15
Congo Vs Angola 16:30
Rwanda Vs Egypt 18:45
Tunisia Vs Mali 21:00

The national U18 boys basketball team will be looking to land a ticket for semi-finals when they take on giants Egypt in the last eight of the ongoing FIBA U18 African Championships in Mali.

Rwanda advanced to the quarter-finals on Wednesday after finishing third in Group B along with leaders Angola, first runners-up Senegal and Tunisia who finished in fourth position.

During the group campaign, Yves Murenzi’s youngsters recorded two victories against Algeria and Tunisia before losing their last two games to Angola and Senegal, respectively.

Rwanda beat Algeria 81-63 last Friday, and overcome Tunisia 62-58 the following day before enduring a nerve-wrecking 80-79 defeat at the hands of Angola on Sunday.

On Wednesday, Rwanda again lost, this time to Senegal in a 99-70 heavy defeat.

Egypt secured a slot to the round of last eight after finishing top in Group A.

In other quarter-final fixtures today, Libya face Senegal, DR Congo will be up against holders Angola while Tunisia and Mali square-off in the last encounter, starting at 9pm CAT.

Winners and the runners-up will seal tickets to the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2019.

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