Mozambique, Guinea & SA triumph as 3 former champs suffer shock losses
FIBA / Octavio Magolico (MOZ). Central African Republic v Mozambique, Day 1 of the 2013 FIBA Africa Championship in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, 20 August, Preliminary Round
Mozambique on Sunday became the fifth national team to book a place at the FIBA AfroBasket 2017 after completing a two-game win over Zimbabwe.
After beating Zimbabwe 80-68 on Saturday, Mozambique came up even stronger outscoring the FIBA Africa Zone 6 Group H hosts 85-65.
Tatenda Maturere averaged a team-high 21 points in two games, but Mozambique’s team effort proved too much. Octavio Magolico sparked his team with his 11.5 points per contest.
In Sunday’s win, for instance, Mozambique led by as many as 31 points before securing their 10th straight FIBA AfroBasket appearance.
They join African champions Nigeria, host Republic of Congo, Egypt and Uganda in this year’s FIBA AfroBasket, which will run from 19-30 August.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe will have a second chance of qualifying for Congo-Brazzaville if they beat the team that finishes second in the FIBA AfroBasket Group G qualifier, which consists of Angola, Zambia and South Africa.Source: FIBA