Basketball: Rwanda face Ivory Coast after humbling defeat to Senegal

Small forward Dieudonne Ndizeye led Rwanda with 7 points
Rwanda's Steven Havugintwari (with the ball) tries to overcome challenge from two Senegal players during Friday's 84-41 defeat in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Courtesy


Ivory Coast vs Rwanda 10pm


Rwanda 41-81 Senegal

Rwanda will be looking to bounce back against hosts Ivory Coast on Saturday night, starting at 10pm in Abidjan, following Friday’s humiliating 81-41 defeat to Senegal in the sixth and final window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifiers.

Senegal, five-time African champions, dominated the game from the off point, taking all the four quarters; 26-14, 17-8, 23-9 and 15-10, respectively.

The victory automatically confirmed the "Lions of Teranga" as the fourth African team to qualify for the first ever 32-nation FIBA World Basketball Cup after Tunisia, Angola and Nigeria.

It will be Senegal's fifth World Cup appearance.

Africa's final ticket for the China 2019 showpiece, slated for August 31 – September 15, will be determined over the next few days or hours with Cote d'Ivoire, Central African Republic and Cameroon chasing the best-third placed team from either Groups E or Group F.

During the clash against Senegal, Dieudonne Ndizeye led Rwanda with 7 points.

After ten matches in the qualifiers, Vladimir Bosnjak’s Rwandan side has a 3:7 win ratio.