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Final Standings
 1. Angola
 2. Ivory Coast
 3. Tunisia
 4. Cameroon
 5. Nigeria
 6. C.Africa
 7. Senegal
 8. Mali
 9. Rwanda
 10. Egypt
 11. Libya
 12. Morocco
 13. Cape Verde
 14. Mozambique
 15. S.Africa
 16. Congo-Braza.
Points Per Game
 Jeff XAVIER
  USA
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 27.2
 1. Xavier, CPV27.2 
 2. Lebel Guessa., CAF21.6 
 3. Ndong, SEN19.0 
 4. Gasana, RWA18.3 
 5. Efevberha, NGR17.4 
 6. Faye, SEN17.3 
 7. Rzig, TUN16.4 
 8. El Masbahi, MOR15.9 
 9. Sy, MLI15.6 
 10. Gomes, A.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert THOMSON
  USA
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Thomson, RWA11.4 
 2. Salem, LBA10.8 
 3. Diop, SEN9.1 
 4. Ndong, SEN9.1 
 5. Lebel Guessa., CAF8.6 
 6. Kone, IVO8.3 
 7. Mascarenhas, CPV8.2 
 8. Cipriano, CPV8.0 
 9. Sy, MLI7.2 
 10. Neves, C.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Babacar CISSE
  SEN
  (189-G-76)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Cisse, SEN6.6 
 2. Hachad, MOR5.3 
 3. Costa, ANG4.7 
 4. Gasana, RWA3.9 
 5. Diabate, IVO3.9 
 6. Sy, MLI3.4 
 7. Xavier, CPV3.2 
 8. Chelle, MLI3.2 
 9. El Sayed, EGY3.1 
 10. Boukinda, C.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mohamad HACHAD
  MOR
  (194-G-83)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Hachad, MOR3.5 
 2. Xavier, CPV2.8 
 3. Mothiba, RSA2.2 
 4. Mugabo, RWA2.0 
 5. Boukinda, CGO2.0 
 6. Efevberha, NGR2.0 
 7. El Masbahi, MOR2.0 
 8. Letsebe, RSA2.0 
 9. Diabate, IVO2.0 
 10. Craven, I.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Younes IDRISSI
  (204-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Idrissi, MOR1.8 
 2. Kayijuka, RWA1.6 
 3. Najah, MOR1.6 
 4. Ndong, SEN1.6 
 5. Boumtje, CMR1.6 
 6. Thomson, RWA1.5 
 7. Mascarenhas, CPV1.4 
 8. Mejri, TUN1.3 
 9. Diop, SEN1.3 
 10. Akingbala, N.1.2 
Qualifying Round
Group E
 1. Angola 6-0 
 2. Nigeria 5-1 
 3. Mali 4-2 
 4. Ivory Coast 3-3 
 5. Libya 2-4 
 6. Egypt 1-5 
Group F
 1. Senegal 4-2 
 2. Tunisia 4-2 
 3. Cameroon 3-3 
 4. C.Africa 3-3 
 5. Morocco 3-3 
 6. Rwanda 3-3 
Group 13-16
 1. Cape Verde 2-0 
 2. Mozambique 1-1 
 3. S.Africa 1-1 
 4. Congo-Braza. 0-2 
Preliminary Round
Group A
 1. Nigeria 3-0 
 2. Ivory Coas. 2-1 
 3. Libya 1-2 
 4. S.Africa 0-3 
Group B
 1. Angola 3-0 
 2. Mali 2-1 
 3. Egypt 1-2 
 4. Mozambique. 0-3 
Group C
 1. Senegal 3-0 
 2. Cameroon 2-1 
 3. C.Africa 1-2 
 4. DRCongo 0-3 
Group D
 1. Morocco 2-1 
 2. Tunisia 2-1 
 3. Rwanda 1-2 
 4. Cape Verde. 1-2 

Angola African Champion 2009


Angolan National Team 2009

2009 ROSTER
Starting Five in BOLD letters
CiprianoCipriano
Cipriano
CostaCosta
Costa
MoraisMorais
Morais
GomesGomes
Gomes
MingasMingas
Mingas
4 Olimpio Cipriano (193-F-82) of Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda
5 Armando Costa (190-G-83) of Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda
6 Carlos Morais (190-G-85) of Petro Atletico de Luanda

7 Domingos Bonifacio (189-G-84) of Petro Atletico de Luanda
8 Luis Costa (193-F-78) of Recreativo's Libolo
9 Leonel Paulo (198-C-89) of Recreativo's Libolo
10 Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80) of Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda
11 Adolfo Quimbamba (198-F) of Atletico Sport Aviation Luanda
12 Felizardo Ambrosio (201-F-87) of Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda
13 Carlos Almeida (193-G/F-76) of Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda
14 Felipe Abrao of Atletico Sport Aviation Luanda
15 Eduardo Mingas (200-F-79) of Petro Atletico de Luanda
Head Coach: Luis Magalhaes

afrobasket.com All-African Championships 2009 Awards - Aug. 18, 2009 

All-African Championships 1st Team 2009
Joaquim Gomes
Gomes
Pape-Philippe Amagou
Amagou
Romain Sato
Sato
Amine Rzig
Rzig
De Sagana Diop
Diop


Best Player:
Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80) of Angola
Best Guard: Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85) of Ivory Coast
Best Forward: Romain Sato (194-G/F-81) of Central Africa
Best Center: Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80) of Angola * played at bioth center and power forward positions
Best Coach: Luis Magalhaes of Angola

1st Team
G: Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85) of Ivory Coast
G/F: Romain Sato (194-G/F-81) of Central Africa
G/F: Amine Rzig (199-G/F-80) of Tunisia
F/C: Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80) of Angola
C: De Sagana Diop (213-C-83) of Senegal

2nd Team
G: Carlos Morais (190-G-85) of Angola
PG: Jeff Xavier (185-G-85) of Cape Verde
F: Eduardo Mingas (200-F-79) of Angola
F/C: Hesham Salem (206-F/C-81) of Libya
C: Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) of Senegal

3rd Team * 6 players selected
G: Armando Costa (192-G-83) of Angola
G: Babacar Cisse (189-G-76) of Senegal
SG: Michael Efevberha (196-G-84) of Nigeria
F: Gaston Essengue (203-F-83) of Cameroon
PF: Mouhammad Faye (206-F-85) of Senegal
C: Robert Thomson (208-C-82) of Rwanda

Honorable Mention
Mouloukou Diabate (180-G-87) of Ivory Coast
Mohamed Kone (211-C-81) of Ivory Coast
Marouana Kechrid (180-G-81) of Tunisia
Waly Coulibaly (193-G/F-88) of Mali
Gabe Muoneke (200-F-78) of Nigeria
Joachim Ekanga Ehawa (188-G-77) of Cameroon
Mohamad Hachad (194-G-83) of Morocco
Jean Koumba (83) of Congo
Kenny Gasana (84) of Rwanda
Amara Sy (202-F-81) of Mali


Angola grabs sixth consecutive Gold!  - Aug. 15, 2009 
FINAL
Angola - Ivory Coast 82-72
Angola made it once again! This time Angolans outplayed Ivory Coast in the Big Final winning the sixth consecutive Gold on FIBA Africa Championships. Since AfroBasket 1999, Angola is totally unreachable on African continent. Senegal grabbed the Gold in 1997 and before that Angola was No.1 four consecutive times. It means that in the last 11 tournaments Angola won 10 gold medals. Today, Carlos Morais (190-G-85) paced Angola to victory scoring 21 points. Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, agency: Prime Select Sports, college: Valparaiso) had 16 points and pulled down 16 rebounds, while Olimpio Cipriano (194-F-82) is another player with 16 pts. Armando Costa (192-G-83) helped with 5 points less. In the loosing squad, Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85) netted 18. Angola had impressive second half today finishing it with 48-37. After 30 minutes it was 58-54 for Angolans and later Ivory Coast closed the gap to 3 points. However, Angola created 11-4 run with 4:22 to go resolving question about the winner. Both countries booked a ticket for 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.

Places 3-4
Tunisia - Cameroon 83-68
Tunisia cruised past Cameroon in style grabbing the Bronze on AfroBasket 2009 in Libya. At the same time Tunisians booked a spot for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey, what is great success for them. On the other side, Cameroon stays without the medal and also without participation in Turkey. Amine Rzig (199-G/F-80) once again was a key player in Tunisia collecting 20 points and 5 assists. Mokhtar Ghyaza (204-C-86) followed him with 16, while Marouana Kechrid (180-G-81) added 2 points less. In Cameroon, Cyrille Makanda (195-G-80) shined with 18 points. All other players had less than 10 pts in this loss.

Places 5-6
Central Africa - Nigeria 71-80
Nigeria outplayed Central Africa 80-71 finishing the AfroBasket 2009 in Libya on 5th place. Of course, CAF is the 6th ranked team on this event. Michael Efevberha (196-G-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) stepped up for the winners scoring 18 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) had 14 and Benson Egemonye (208-C-83, college: Northeastern) helped with 14 pts. In CAF, Lionel Bomayako (196-G-78, agency: Court Side, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) drained 21 points. Regis Koundjia-Sindo (203-F-83, college: George Washington) delivered 13.

Places 7-8
Mali - Senegal 63-74
Senegal closed its participation in Libya with victory. It was a decisive game for 7th place on this event and Senegal made it. Naturally, one lower spot belongs to Mali. Senegal had couple of players in a game mood today. Mouhammad Faye (206-F-85) was the best one with 16 points. Pape Sow (208-F-81, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) had 13 pts and 15 rebounds, while Malick Badiane (211-F/C-84) delivered 12 pts. Amara Sy (202-F-81) collected 22 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. Ludovic Chelle (185-G-83) once again followed him with 15 points and 8 boards.


Summary of the Semifinals in Libya  - Aug. 15, 2009 
SEMIFINALS

Angola - Tunisia 79-69

The defending champion outplayed Angola 79-69 advancing to Big Final of AfroBasket 2009. With this victory Angola also booked a spot for the World Championship 2010 in Turkey. In the second semifinals Ivory Coast was better than Cameroon 68-61. If Tunisians beat Ivory Coast for the Bronze, they will also secure a ticket for Turkey. Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, agency: Prime Select Sports, college: Valparaiso) led the winners with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Carlos Morais (190-G-85) had 15, while Eduardo Mingas (200-F-79) added 14 pts and 7 boards. Amine Rzig (199-G/F-80) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds in loss. Atef Maoua (198-G/F-81) was behind him with 16 pts.

Cameroon - Ivory Coast 61-68
Ivory Coast grabbed 68-61 win against Cameroon advancing to AfroBasket 2009 Final, where they will meet the defending champion - Angola. It is big success for Ivory Coast, who with this victory also secured participation at the World Championship 2010 in Turkey. Cameron will take on Tunisia for the Bronze and one more place for Turkey. Didier Tape (197-F-81) top-scored in victory with 15 points. Mohamed Kone (211-C-81, college: Valparaiso) nailed 11 pts and pulled down 10 rebounds, while Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85) added 12 pts. Cyrille Makanda (195-G-80) delivered 13 pts in defeat. Joachim Ekanga Ehawa (188-G-77) and Yves Lionel Mekongo Mbala (201-F-87) contributed with 11 points each.

Places 5-8
Nigeria - Senegal 76-58
Nigeria smashed Senegal staying in the race for position No.5 in Libya. On the other side, Senegal will try to reach 7th place. As a reminder, both teams were eliminated in the Quarterfinals. Chamberlain Oguchi (198-G-86, college: Illinois St.) paced Nigeria to victory scoring 17 points. Michael Umeh (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: UNLV) had 12 pts and 5 boards, while Jeleel Akindele (216-C-83, college: Chicago St.) added 11 pts and also 5 rebounds. Mouhammad Faye (206-F-85) delivered 16 points for Senegal. Maleye NDoye (203-F-80, college: Furman) posted 12.

Central Africa - Mali 80-74
Central Africa managed to beat Mali and it will play for the fifth place today. CAF's rival will be Nigeria. At the same time, Mali will take on Senegal for 7th place. Max Kougere shined in victory with 30 points for 30 minutes. Regis Koundjia-Sindo (203-F-83, college: George Washington) had 15 pts and 9 boards, while Fabrice Mokoteemapa (192-G-81) added 14 pts. In Team Mali, Amara Sy (202-F-81) netted 17 pts and grabbed 6 rebounds. Ludovic Chelle (185-G-83) and Modibo Diarra (208-F/C-80, college: Memphis) posted 13 pts each.

Places 9-10
Rwanda - Egypt 78-75
Rwanda grabbed 9th place on AfroBakset 2009 in Libya. This is the second consecutive win for Rwanda, who after hosts managed to beat Egypt 78-75. The Egyptians ended this event as No.10. Robert Thomson (208-C-82, college: Fairfield) stepped up for the winners with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Kenny Gasana (-84) had 18 and Matt Miller (182-G-82, college: Bellarmine) added 12 pts. Carlos Mugabo (-86) helped with double-double, 11 pts and 10 rebs. Wael Badr (193-G-78) responded with 17 pts and 5 boards in defeat. Tamer Moustafa (187-G-82) added 13 pts.

Places 11-12
Libya - Morocco 80-76
The host of AfroBasket 2009 ended it on 11th place thanks to win again Morocco 80-76. Naturally, Morocco is the 12th ranked team in Libya. Hesham Salem stepped up for the hosts in this game collecting 25 points and 14 rebounds. Mohamed Mrsal (-G-78) also shined scoring 24 pts and grabbing 7 rebounds, while Mohamed Youssef (-86) helped with double-double, 12 pts and 10 rebs. All other players in Libya had less than 10. In Team Morocco, Younes Idrissi (204-F/C-84, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Iona) led the scorers with 18 pts. Zakaria El Masbahi (191-G-79) added 3 less.


Summary of the Quarterfinals ion Libya  - Aug. 14, 2009 
Angola - Central Africa 84-63
The defending champion did not have any troubles to beat Central Africa and to reach the Semifinals of AfroBasket 2009 in Libya. It means that Angolans remain perfect on this event with 7 consecutive wins. On the other side, CAF will continue in Classification Games for 5-8 place. Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, agency: Prime Select Sports, college: Valparaiso) shined in victory collecting 29 points and 9 rebounds. Carlos Morais (190-G-85) also had very important role netting 27 pts. All other players had less than 10. In CAF, Romain Lebel Guessagba (194-G-81, college: Xavier) answered with 14 points and 8 boards. Max Kougere (198-F-87) contributed with 12 pts and 6 boards. Angola will meet Tunisia in the Semis.

Mali - Tunisia 73-74
Tunisia advanced to Semifinals of AfroBasket 2009 in Libya with tiny 74-73 win against Mali. That was very exciting game and Tunisians grabbed it because Amara Sy (202-F-81) missed the second free throw with less than two seconds to go. Today, they will take on the defending champion - Angola in the Semis. Mali is transferred to Classification Games for 5-8 place. Amine Rzig (199-G/F-80) led the winners with 18 points. Marouana Kechrid (180-G-81) had one point less. In the loosing squad, Amara Sy delivered 21 pts and grabbed 5 boards. Waly Coulibaly (193-G/F-88) stopped on 14 pts.

Nigeria - Cameroon 80-84
Cameroon did a great job in this game and won it 84-80, despite Nigeria finished last quarter 24-18. It means that Cameroonians advanced to Afrobasket 2009 Semifinals, where they will take on Ivory Coast. On the other side, this is the second consecutive loss for Nigeria, who will continue in Classification Games for 5-8 place. Gaston Essengue (203-F-83, college: UNLV) top-scored in victory with 17, while Harding Ngueyep Nana (203-F-81, college: Delaware) netted one points less, plus grabbed 8 boards. Parfait Bitee (188-G-85, agency: Court Side) added 12 pts, 8 boards and 7 assists. In Team Cameroon, Michael Efevberha (196-G-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) collected 24 pts and 6 rebounds. Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) stopped on 13 pts.

Ivory Coast - Senegal 84-78
Ivory Coast handed 84-78 loss to Senegal advancing to AfroBasket 2009 Semifinals. Ivory Coast reached this stage as No.4 from Group A and despite Senegal was favorite in this game, Ivory Coast made it and they will now take on Cameroon. Senegal will go to Classification Games for 5-8 place. Didier Tape (197-F-81) and Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85) netted 15 points each for the winners. Mohamed Kone (211-C-81, college: Valparaiso) followed with double-double, 14 pts and 10 rebounds. Mouhammad Faye (206-F-85) posted 22 points in defeat. Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) had 20 pts and 9 boards.

Places 9-12
Egypt - Morocco 88-62
Egypt cruised past Morocco in Libya staying in the race for position No.9. In order to do that, Egypt will have to beat Rwanda today. On the other side, Morocco will meet the hosts Libya in the battle for 11th place. Amir Fanan (189-G-80) was the best player in the winning squad draining 23 points. Wael Badr (193-G-78) had 13, while Amro Sherif (192-G-91) and Mohamed Yasser (205-C-85) added 11 pts each. Morocco got 14 points from Sophiane Rafai (193-G-86). Yunss Akinocho (198-F-87, college: Coll.Sequoias CC) had 10.

Libya - Rwanda 77-80
Rwanda finished the first task in the battle for 9th place successfully. The second one will be more difficult as Rwanda will have to beat Egypt today. The host of Afrobasket 2009, Libya will take on Morocco fighting for 11th place. Kenny Gasana (-84) led Rwanda to win scoring 24pointys and grabbing 8 rebounds. Matt Miller (182-G-82, college: Bellarmine) had 15 and Carlos Mugabo (-86) delivered 12 pts. Mohamed Mrsal (-G-78) shined in loss scoring 24 points. Mohamed Youssef (-86) collected 16 pts, 7 boards and 7 assists.


Summary of Day 6 in Libya (last day of Qualifying Round) - Aug. 12, 2009 
Group E
Angola - Nigeria 93-85
The defending champion was too strong for Nigeria becoming the only undefeated team on AfroBasket 2009 in Libya. Of course, Angolans finished this stage as No.1 in Group E and they will meet Central Africa in the Quarterfinals. Nigeria also advanced to Quarterfinals, but from position No.2. They will meet Cameroon. Eduardo Mingas (200-F-79) led Angola in this match with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Carlos Morais (190-G-85) scored 16, Olimpio Cipriano (194-F-82) had 13 and Armando Costa (192-G-83) helped with 12 points. Gabe Muoneke (200-F-78, college: Texas) was on fire in loss - 33 points (also had 7 rebounds). Second scorer in Team Nigeria was Michael Efevberha (196-G-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) with 16 points.

Egypt - Ivory Coast 64-80
Ivory Coast celebrated 80-64 win against Egypt yesterday improving to 3-3 in Qualifying Group E. That is enough for position No.4 and AfroBasket 2009 Quarterfinals. On the other side, Egypt fell to 1-5 in this pool and it will continue in Classification Round. Charles-Noe Abouo (196-G/F-89) stepped up for the winners with 15 points and 6 rebounds. P. Kale (203-F-85, agency: Bradley Sports Management) followed him with 14 points and 7 rebounds, while Mohamed Kone (211-C-81, college: Valparaiso) added 13 pts and 13 rebs. In the loosing squad, Amir Fanan (189-G-80) delivered 18 points (plus 8 boards). Tamer Moustafa (187-G-82) contributed with 13 pts. The Quarterfinals begin tomorrow, when Ivory Coast will meet No.1 from group F - Senegal.

Mali - Libya 95-73
Mali outplayed the host of AfroBasket 2009 moving up to 4-2 record in Group E. No.2 Nigeria has 5-1 and No.4 Ivory Coast 3-3, meaning that Mali advanced to Quarterfinals from position No.3. Libya failed to advance and it will continue in the battle for 9th place. Waly Coulibaly (193-G/F-88) was a key player in victory collecting 25 points. Nouha Diakite (207-C-80, college: Louisville) had 12 points and 10 boards, while Ludovic Chelle (185-G-83) added 14 pts, 6 boards and 5 assists. In Team Libya, Alfath Belgasem (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) had 18 points. Raed Elhamali (204-F/C-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego St.) added one less.

Group F
Rwanda - Cameroon 82-69
Rwanda outplayed Cameroon in the last day of Qualifying Round in Libya. After this game both teams are on 3-3 record in Group F and there are also Central Africa and Morocco with the same numbers. Fortunately to Cameroon, they have the best record in this magic circle, what is enough for position No.3. They will meet Nigeria in the Quarterfinals. On the other side, Rwanda has the worst score and it will continue in Classification Games for 9th place. Kenny Gasana (-84) led Rwanda in this game with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Carlos Mugabo (-86) followed with 22 points and 7 boards. Joachim Ekanga Ehawa (188-G-77) and Harding Ngueyep Nana (203-F-81, college: Delaware) had 12 pts each in defeat. Ruben Boumtje (212-C-78, college: Georgetown) stopped on 10.

Tunisia - Senegal 65-73
Senegal cruised past Tunisia in the last day of Qualifying Round ending it with 4-2 record in Group F. Thanks to this victory Senegal is No.1 in this pool and Tunisia fell to No.2. It means that Senegal will meet the fourth ranked team from Group E in the Quarterfinal - Ivory Coast. On the other side, Tunisia will play against Mali. Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) shined for the winners scoring 18 points and pulling down 9 rebounds. Maleye NDoye (203-F-80, college: Furman) had 15 points and 5 boards, while Mouhammad Faye (206-F-85) added 13 pts. Mohamed Hdidane (205-F-86) posted 14 pts in loss. Tunisia also got 11 points from Amine Rzig (199-G/F-80).

Morocco - Central Africa 73-81
Crucial win for Central Africa in Qualifying Round. With this victory CAF joined Morocco with 3-3 record in group F and there are also Cameroon and Rwanda with the same numbers. CAF is the second ranked team in this circle what is enough for position No.4 and AfroBasket 2009 Quarterfinals. Morocco dropped to position No.5 and it will be transferred to Classification Games for 9th place. Romain Lebel Guessagba (194-G-81, college: Xavier) paced CAF to victory with monster double-double, 25 points and 17 rebounds. Max Kougere (198-F-87) had 12, while Francois Pehoua (196-F-83) and Lionel Bomayako (196-G-78, agency: Court Side, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) added 10 pts each. Younes Idrissi (204-F/C-84, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Iona) and Reda Rhalimi (213-C-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) posted 15 pts each in loss. Zakaria El Masbahi (191-G-79) added one pts less.


Summary of Day 5 in Libya (Qualifying Round)  - Aug. 10, 2009 
Group E
Ivory Coast - Angola 61-88
The defending champion was too strong for Ivory Coast jumping to perfect 4-0 record n Qualifying Group E. There Nigeria also has 4-0 and these two teams will decide about the winner tomorrow. Ivory Coast is on 1-3 at the moment, but still with a chance to reach the Quarterfinals. Actually, if Ivory Coast beat Egypt tomorrow they will go to the next stage. Carlos Morais (190-G-85) once again led Angola scoring 18 points. Armando Costa (192-G-83) had 14 and Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, agency: Prime Select Sports, college: Valparaiso) added one point less, plus 7 rebounds. The loosing squad did not have any player with double-digits in scoring. The best one was P. Kale (203-F-85, agency: Bradley Sports Management) with 9 points and 5 rebounds.

Libya - Egypt 75-73
The host of AfroBasket 2009 grabbed important win against Egypt keep its chancse for the Quarterfinals alive. Libya now has 1-3 and tomorrow will be decisive day for them. If they beat Mali and Ivory Coast suffers defeat against Egypt, Libya will go to the next stage. Egypt lost all chances for that. Alfath Belgasem (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) was a key player for the winners collecting 23 points and 6 rebounds. Mohamed Mrsal (-78) had 15 and Hesham Salem (206-F/C-81, agency: Octagon, college: Fresno St.) netted two points less. In Team Egypt, Amro Sherif (192-G-91) had 18 points and 5 boards, Amir Fanan (189-G-80) contributed with 13 pts.

Nigeria - Mali 74-70
Nigeria outsmarted Mali 74-70 improving to 4-0 record in Group E. That is exactly the same record as Angola, who is next Nigeria's rival in Libya. The winner of this pool will be decided tomorrow. Mali dropped to 2-2, but it has a nice chance to reach the Quarterfinals. Chamberlain Oguchi (198-G-86, college: Illinois St.) top-scored in victory with 13 points. Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) had 12 and Josh Akognon (180-G-86, college: Washington St.) posted 10. Mali got 18 pts and 8 rebounds from Amara Sy (202-F-81). Waly Coulibaly (193-G/F-88) scored 17.

Group F
Cameroon - Tunisia 66-68
Tunisia escaped with tiny 68-66 win against Cameroon securing the top in Qualifying Group F. It means that in the Quarterfinals Tunisians will meet the fourth ranked team of Group E. They even can fail tomorrow in Day 6. Cameroon has 2-2 and good chance to advance. Amine Rzig (199-G/F-80) once again led the winners with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Naim Dhifallah (196-F/G-82) had 13 and Hamdi Braa (208-F/C-86) netted 11 pts, plus grabbed 6 rebounds. Gaston Essengue (203-F-83, college: UNLV) delivered 14 pts in loss.

Senegal - Morocco 73-75
Morocco handed tiny 75-73 record to Senegal so both teams now have 2-2 record in Qualifying Group F. Morocco also has 2-2 there, while Rwanda and CAF are on 1-3 so it will be exciting Day 6 for sure. All teams have a chance for the Quarterfinals. Mohamad Hachad (194-G-83, college: Northwestern) led Morocco with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Zakaria El Masbahi (191-G-79) had 17 and Yunss Akinocho (198-F-87, college: Coll.Sequoias CC) posted 12 pts. Mouhammad Faye (206-F-85) shined in Senegal with 18 points and 5 boards. Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) this time stopped on 13 pts and 12 rebs.

Central Africa - Rwanda 85-64
Central Africa handed 85-64 defeat to Rwanda tying with it on 1-3 record in Preliminary Group F. Still, both teams have a chance to reach the Quarterfinals. Senegal, Cameroon and Morocco have 2-2 each in this pool. Romain Lebel Guessagba (194-G-81, college: Xavier) was totally the bets player in this game collecting 30 points and 10 rebounds. Maixant Mombollet (203-F-81, college: Citadel) and Max Kougere (198-F-87) posted 11 pts each. In Rwanda Carlos Mugabo (-86) delivered 14 pts and grabbed 6 boards. Matt Miller (182-G-82, college: Bellarmine) and Kenny Gasana (-84) netted 11 pts each.

Places 13-14
Mozambique - Cape Verde 61-94
Cape Verde destroyed Mozambique finishing the AfroBasket on 13th place. Naturaly, Mozambique is 14th ranked team. Cape Verde should reach the Qualifying Round in Morocco, but they did not have luck in the last day of Preliminary Round. Jeff Xavier (185-G-85, agency: Bradley Sports Management, college: Manhattan) led them today with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Mario Correia (189-G-78, college: Bryant) scored 14, while Mario Neves (190-G/F-77) registered double-double, 12 pts and 11 rebounds. Custodio Muchate (200-C-82) had 16 pts and 9 rebounds in loss. Octavio Magolico (200-C-84) stopped on 12.

Places 15-16
South Africa - Congo-Brazaville 81-65
15th place on AfroBasket 2009 in Libya belongs to South Africa. That is the first win for them, what was enough to avoid the last place. On the other side, Congo-Brazzaville ended as the only winless team in Libya. Kegorapetse Letsebe (198-G/F-80, college: Goucher) led the winners with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Quintin Denyssen (203-F-80) had 14 and Fuzi Mazibuko (-80) added 13 pts. Bertrand Boukinda (-81) delivered 19 pts in defeat. Christ Silas (192-F/C-88) followed with 14 pts, plus 8 rebounds.


Summary of Day 4 in Libya (Qualifying Round)  - Aug. 9, 2009 
Group E
Angola - Libya 91-58
The defending champion did not have to work very hard in order to beat the host of AfroBasket 2009. Angolans now jumped to 3-0 in Qualifying Group E, where Nigeria also has the same record. Libya is together with Egypt on the bottom with 0-3 and tiny chance to reach the Quarterfinals. Carlos Morais (190-G-85) shined for the winners with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Carlos Almeida (193-G/F-76) also was pretty good with 14 points. All other players in Angola had less than 9. Libya got 15 points and 5 boards from Wajdi Dawo (-88). Mohamed Abulkhir (-87) was behind him with 11 pts.

Mali - Ivory Coast 71-58
Mali outplayed Ivory Coast with nice 71-58 improving its record to 2-1in Qualifying Group E. On the other side, Ivory Coast fell to 1-2, but still both teams have a good chance to reach the Quarterfinals. Angola and Nigeria are on top of this pool unbeaten, while Libya and Egypt are winless. Waly Coulibaly (193-G/F-88) was a key player in Mali with 16 points. Nouha Diakite (207-C-80, college: Louisville) followed him with 12, while Sambou Traore (200-F-79) added 11 pts, plus 5 rebounds. Didier Tape (197-F-81) answered with 13 pts in loss. Ivory Coast also got 10 pts from Mouloukou Diabate (180-G-87).

Egypt - Nigeria 77-87
As it was expected, Nigeria was too strong for Egypt remaining undefeated on AfroBasket 2009 in Libya. Nigeria is now together with defending champion Angola on top of Group E with perfect 3-0 record. Egypt is on the other side of the standings winless. Gabe Muoneke (200-F-78, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Texas) top-scored in victory with 14 points. Michael Efevberha (196-G-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) had 13 points and 6 boards, while Josh Akognon (180-G-86, college: Washington St.) added 12 pts. Ramy Gunady (185-G-81) was better than the others in defeat with 16 points. Amir Fanan (189-G-80) contributed with 13.

Group F
Tunisia - Central Africa 76-75
Tunisia escaped with 76-75 win against Central Africa jumping on top of Qualifying group F (3-0). With this win Tunisia is almost sure participant of AfroBasket 2009 Quarterfinals. On the other side, Central Africa fell to 0-3, but it also has a chance to advance. Amine Rzig (199-G/F-80) led the winners with 18 points. Naim Dhifallah (196-F/G-82) had 12 and Atef Maoua (198-G/F-81) followed with 11 pts and 5 boards. In CAF, Romain Lebel Guessagba (194-G-81, college: Xavier) collected 18 points and 9 boards. Francois Pehoua (196-F-83) added 12 pts.

Morocco - Cameroon 54-80
Cameroon celebrated nice 26-point win against Morocco for 2-1 record in Qualifying Group F. At the same time Morocco slipped to 1-2. With this win Cameroon drastically improved its chance for the Quarterfinals in Libya, but Morocco also has it. Joachim Ekanga Ehawa (188-G-77) led the winners with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Brice Vounang (203-F/C-82, college: San Diego) and Yves Lionel Mekongo Mbala (201-F-87) helped with 12 points each. Reda Rhalimi (213-C-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) and Yunss Akinocho (198-F-87, college: Coll.Sequoias CC) scored 10 points each in defeat. All other players in Morocco had less.

Rwanda - Senegal 72-59
Rwanda demonstrated nice performance today handing the first win to Senegal on AfroBaskt 2009. Now Rwanda jumped to 1-2 and Senegal dropped to 2-1 record in Qualifying Group F. However, both teams have a chance to reach the Quarterfinals. Kenny Gasana (-84) stepped up for Rwanda with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Robert Thomson (208-C-82, college: Fairfield) had 16 pts and 8 boards, plus Matt Miller (182-G-82, college: Bellarmine) added 14 pts and 5 assists. Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) answered with double-double in loss, 21 pts and 10 rebounds. Mouhammad Faye (206-F-85) this time stopped on 17 pts.

Place 13-16
South Africa - Mozambique 67-69
Mozambique outsmarted South Africa today keeping its chance for 13th place in Libya alive. South Africa remains winless on this championship and it will fight with Congo-Brazzaville tomorrow for position No.15. Mozambique will meet Cape Verde. The best player in the winning squad was Octavio Magolico (200-C-84) with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Gerson Novela (-G-79) had 14 and Luis Barros (188-G-86) added 10 pts each. Neo Mothiba (197-G/F-82) shined in defeat with double-double, 20 points and 14 rebounds. Kegorapetse Letsebe (198-G/F-80, college: Goucher) had 16 pts.

Congo-Brazaville - Cape Verde 63-100
Cape Verde had one player in a game mood today and it was enough for victory. Jeff Xavier (185-G-85, agency: Bradley Sports Management, college: Manhattan) spent 39 minutes on the court draining 35 points (8 triples) and handed out 5 assists. Marques Houtman (190-G-79, college: Stonehill) followed him with 10 pts. In the loosing squad, Jean Koumba (-83) had 18 points and 8 rebounds. Bertrand Boukinda (-81) contributed with 15 pts. Cape Verde will meet Mozambique tomorrow in the battles for 13th place. CongoB will take on also winless South Africa.


Last day of Preliminary Round in Libya  - Aug. 7, 2009 
Group A
Ivory Coast - South Africa 94-57
Ivory Coast closed the Preliminary Round in Libya with victory. After loss against Nigeria and victory against the hosts, Ivory Cost managed to beat South Africa advancing to next stage as No.2 from Group A. On the other side, South Africa remains winless on this event and it will continue in Classification Round. Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85) shined for the winners scoring 18 points for 19 minutes. He made 5 of 8 attempts from behind the arc. P. Kale (203-F-85, agency: Bradley Sports Management) and Kinidinnin Konate (187-G-80) were behind him with 13 points each. In the loosing squad, Neo Mothiba (197-G/F-82) delivered 11 points and grabbed 5 boards. All other players had less than 10 in this defea.t

Libya - Nigeria 81-97
Nigeria ended Preliminary Stage perfect. After two wins in the first two days, Nigeria managed to beat the host of this event 97-81. That is the second loss for Libya, who also advanced to Qualifying Round as No.3 of Group A. Michael Efevberha (196-G-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) was on fire in victory scoring 27 points (5 triples). Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) also was very good collecting 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Mohamed Youssef (-86) was almost unmistakable in loss with 19 pts and 6 boards. Hesham Salem (206-F/C-81, agency: Octagon, college: Fresno St.) had one point less and one board more than him.

Group B
Angola - Mozambique 93-50
As it was expected, the defending champion destroyed Mozambique 93-50 for perfect 3-0 record in Group B. It means that Angolans advanced to Qualifying Group E, together with Mali, Egypt, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Libya. Mozambique is transferred to Classification Round from 12-16 place. Eduardo Mingas (200-F-79) top-scored in victory with 16 points. Olimpio Cipriano (194-F-82) and Filipe Abraao (194-F-79) added 11 pts each. Samir Adam (193-F-83, college: S.Dakota Tech) replied with 11 pts in defeat. All other players in Mozambique had less than 10.

Egypt - Mali 47-67
Mali outplayed Egypt in crucial game for the second place in Preliminary Group B. Despite this loss, Egyptians advanced to the next stage thanks to victory against Mozambique. Defending champion Angola is No.1 in this pool with perfect 3-0 record. Amara Sy (202-F-81) once again was the best player in Mali registering double-double, 14 points and 10 rebounds. Ludovic Chelle (185-G-83) also scored 14 and Nouha Diakite adde 11 pts, plus 7 boards. Egypt did not have any player with more than 10. The best scorer was Ramy Gunady (185-G-81) with 9 points.

Group C
Cameroon - Senegal 65-67
That was a crucial game for position No.1 in Preliminary Group C as both teams were undefeated until today. Senegal grabbed tiny 67-65, but despite this loss Cameroon also advanced to the next stage. Both countries, together with CAF, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Libya are placed to Qualifying Group E. Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) stepped up in his team with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Mouhammad Faye (206-F-85) had 17 pts and 8 boards, plus Pape Sow (208-F-81, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) added 10 points. Brice Vounang (203-F/C-82, college: San Diego) was better than the others in defeat with 15 points. Alfred Aboya (206-F/C-85) contributed with 10.

Congo-Brazaville - Central Africa 61-113
Central Africa did not have to work very hard in order to beat Congo-Brazzaville today in Libya. It means that CAF advances to Qualifying Round as No.3 of Group C with 1-2 record. Winless Congo-Brazzaville goes to Classification Round. Romain Lebel Guessagba (194-G-81, college: Xavier) shined for the winners collecting 21 points and 6 rebounds. Regis Regis Koundjia-Sindo (203-F-83, college: George Washington) had 17 pts and 7 boards, while William Kossangue-Toro (198-F-86) added 16 pts and 5 rebs. Jean Koumba (-83) answered with 19 pts in loss. Bertrand Boukinda (-81) stopped on 14.

Group D
Rwanda - Tunisia 57-74
Tunisia outplayed Rwanda 74-57 advancing to Qualifying Round as No.1 in Group D (2-1). Thanks to victory against Cape Verde, Rwanda also advanced (1-2). These two teams (Rwanda and Tunisia) are together with Morocco, Senegal, Cameroon and CAF transferred to Qualifying Group F. Amine Rzig (199-G/F-80) led Tunisians in this match with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Marouana Kechrid (180-G-81) followed with 13 pts, while Salah Mejri (214-C-86) added 10 pts and 8 rebounds. Matt Miller (182-G-82, college: Bellarmine) top-scored in defeat with 15 points. Robert Thomson (208-C-82, college: Fairfield) was second scorer of the team with 10 (also had 18 rebounds).

Cape Verde - Morocco 83-86
Morocco escaped with 86-83 win against Cape Verde handing it the second loss in Group D. It means that Morocco ended Preliminary Stage with 2-1 record (same as Tunisia), what is enough for second place in this pool. Cape Verde fell to 1-2 and due to loss against Rwanda they did not succeed to reach the next stage and will continue in Classification Round. Younes Idrissi (204-F/C-84, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Iona) was a key player in victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Yunss Akinocho (198-F-87, college: Coll.Sequoias CC) had 15 pts and 6 boards, while Abderrahim Najah (198-F/C-84) delivered 12 pts and pulled down 9 rebounds. Jeff Xavier (185-G-85, agency: Bradley Sports Management, college: Manhattan) was on fire in loss scoring 32 points (6 triples). Mario Correia (189-G-78, college: Bryant) followed with 19.


Agony for Rwanda team - Aug. 6, 2009 
(By The New Times)

Players, officials and journalists stranded in Dubai
Four national basketball team players got stranded at Dubai International airport. The quartet of Fiston Muhire (-91), Mike Buzangu (188-G-82), Kami Kabange (-F-84) and Ellis Kaijuka together with a Ferwaba official Straton Ahimana and four local journalists spent three nights at the airport before finally connecting to Tripoli.
It is reported that the contingent had been denied to proceed to Tripoli, the venue of the Afrobasket competition after failing to get the right documentation from the Libyan embassy in Dubai.
According to Ahimana, the passports must have an Arabic translation of the details which they dont have.
Apparently, we have to find a way of tracing the Libyan embassy in Dubai. But that means incurring extra costs because we need visas which go for US$150 and an extra US$50 for the translation, said the official.
The group was finally allowed to proceed yesterday afternoon, but the players could not take part in the Morocco game. The Group D opener between Rwanda and Morocco was played last night.
It is a distraction Rwanda cant afford as they plot for a top eight finish at this years Afrobasket competition.
Rwanda is drawn in Group D alongside Morocco, Cape Verde and Tunisia and needs to win at least two games to be sure of progressing to the last eight.


Summary of Day 1 in Libya  - Aug. 6, 2009 
Group A
Nigeria - Ivory Coast 93-84
Nigeria had a high-scoring Day 1 on AfroBasket 2009 in Libya. Of course the Nigerians jumped to 1-0, while Ivory Coast fell to 0-1 in Preliminary Group A. There we have two more teams: South Africa and the host Libya. Michael Efevberha (196-G-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) (196-G-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) was totally the best player in victory scoring 29 points. Josh Akognon (180-G-86, college: Washington St.) followed with 16, while Jeleel Akindele (216-C-83, college: Chicago St.) helped with double-double, 12 points and 10 boards. In the loosing squad, Didier Tape (197-F-81) top-scored with 16 pts. Kinidinnin Konate (187-G-80) added one less.

Libya - South Africa 88-72
The box-score will be available soon. Libay Hisham Farag led the winners with 21 points and 13 rebounds, Mohammed Belgasim poured in 25 points while the duo of Mohamed Mersal and Raid Fareed contributed 18 and 12 points each. Neo Mothiba of South Africas 24 points, 6 rebounds and Cedrick Kalombo 12 points efforts were not enough to save their team from defeat. Libya 1-0, South Africa 0-1 in Preliminary Group A.


Group B
Angola - Mali 79-74
It was very exciting game between Angola and Mali in the opening day of AfroBasket 2009 in Libya. Angola managed to win with tiny 79-74 jumping to 1-0 in Preliminary Group B. In that pool Egypt outplayed Mozambique today 72-62. Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, agency: Prime Select Sports, college: Valparaiso) was a key player in Team Angola draining impressive 31 points. He also pulled down 5 rebounds beside that. Carlos Almeida (193-G/F-76) was second scorer of the team with 10 points. In Mali, Amara Sy (202-F-81) shined with 19 points. Ludovic Chelle (185-G-83) added 16 pts and 4 rebounds.

Mozambique - Egypt 62-72
Egypt celebrated in the opening day of AfroBasket 2009 in Libya. The Egyptians met Mozambique grabbing nice 10-point win for 1-0 in Preliminary Group B. Beside these two teams, Angola and Mali are also placed in the same pool. Amir Fanan (190-C-80) stepped up for the winning squad today collecting 14 points and 4 rebounds. Wael Badr El Sayed had 13 and Rami Abd Alla added 10 points and 6 rebounds. In Team Mozambique, Octavio Magolico (200-C-84) shined with 18 points and 4 rebs. Samir Adam (193-F-83, college: S.Dakota Tech) stopped on 12 pts and 7 boards.

Group C
Senegal - Congo-Brazaville 95-68
Senegal opened AfroBasket 2009 in style beating Congo-Brazaville with huge 95-68. Yesterday was the first day in Libya, where 16 African countries will fight for the title. Senegal and Congo-Brazaville are placed to Preliminary Group C, together with Central African Republic and Cameroon. Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) demonstrated magnificent performance today for Team Senegal collecting 26 points and 7 rebounds. Mouhammad Faye (206-F-85) also shined with 22 points and 7 rebounds, while Cheikhou Thioune (194-G/F-83) netted 15 points. On the other side, Jean Koumba (-83) was better than the others in defeat with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Bertrand Boukinda (-81) contributed with 14 pts and 4 rebs.

Cameroon - Central Africa 79-69
Nice 13-point win for Cameroon in Day 1 of AfroBasket 2009 in Libya. Gaston Essengue (203-F-83, college: UNLV) and his teammates were too strong for Central Africa for 1-0 in Preliminary Group C, where Senegal and DR Congo are also placed. Essengue shined for the winners scoring 19 points for 22 minutes. Harding Ngueyep Nana (203-F-81, college: Delaware) also had very important role collecting 18 points, 8 boards and 5 assists, while Joachim Ekanga Ehawa delivered 14 pts. Lionel Bomayako (196-G-78, agency: Court Side, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) led CAF with 17 points. Romain Lebel Guessagba (194-G-81, college: Xavier) contributed with 13 pts and 6 rebounds in this loss.

Group D
Cape Verde - Tunisia 71-52
Cape Verde demonstrated wonderful performance in Day 1 of AfroBasket 2009 in Libya. Jeff Xavier (185-G-85, agency: Bradley Sports Management, college: Manhattan) and his teammates outplayed Tunisia with plus 19 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group D. Beside these two countries, in the same group are also placed Morocco and Rwanda. Xavier top-scored for the winners today with 20 points. Mario Correia (189-G-78, college: Bryant) followed him with 19 points and 5 boards, while Marques Houtman (190-G-79, college: Stonehill) almost registered double-double, 14 points and 9 rebounds. Tunisia got the most from Naim Dhifallah (196-F/G-82), 13 points. Mohamed Hdidane (205-F-86) contributed with one less.

Morocco - Rwanda 85-84
The box-score will be available soon. Morocco 1-0, Rwanda 0-1 in Preliminary Group D.



Libya upstage South Africa 88-72 - Aug. 6, 2009 
Host of the 2009 edition of FIBA Africa Championship for Men, Libya backed by vociferous fans upstaged South Africa in it group-A opening game at the Benghazi centre.

South Africa had provide some excellent combination which gave them victory over the host in the first quarter of 18-13 points only to bow to pressure mounted by the Libyan who remain dogged in second quarter losing by 12-18.

With a slim 31-30 points advantage going into the third quarter, the Libyan team coached by Coach Kevin Nickelberry continue its search for victory which saw them winning the third and last quarters (27-17 and 30-25) for a cumulative score-line of 88-72 points to set up a big battle against Cote dIvoire on Thursday.

Libay Hisham Farag led his teammates with 21 points and 13 rebounds, Mohammed Belgasim poured in 25 points while the duo of Mohamed Mersal and Raid Fareed contributed 18 and 12 points each.

Neo Mothiba of South Africas 24 points, 6 rebounds and Cedrick Kalombo 12 points efforts were not enough to save their team from defeat.



Rwanda's National Team in Libya 2009 - Aug. 6, 2009 
Head coach Veceslav Kavedzija is using the following players in Libya:

4 Kami Kabange (-F-84)
5 Amandin Rutayisire (-G-85)
6 Ellis Kayijuka (-81)
7 Mike Buzangu (188-G-82)
8 Karim Nkusi (195-F-83)
9 Albert Rukundo (-85)
10 Hamza Ruhezamihigo (191-G-85)
11 Robert Thomson (208-C-82, college: Fairfield)
12 Kenny Gasana (-84)
13 Carlos Mugabo (-86)
14 Matt Miller (182-G-82, college: Bellarmine)
15 Cameroun Bradley (-91)


Summary of Day 2 in Libya  - Aug. 6, 2009 
Group A
South Africa - Nigeria 49-97
Nigeria destroyed CAF in Day 2 of AfroBasket 2009 in Libya improving to 2-0 record in Preliminary Group A. On the other side, South Africa fell to 0-2. With this victory Team Nigeria already secured place for the next stage. Chamberlain Oguchi (198-G-86, college: Illinois St.) this time shined for the winners netting 20 points in just 19 minutes (6 of 15 from behind the arc). Michael Efevberha (196-G-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) had 13, while Gabe Muoneke (200-F-78, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Texas) and Josh Akognon (180-G-86, college: Washington St.) followed with 12 points each. Christopher Gabriel (200-F-88) collected 13 points and 5 rebounds in defeat.

Ivory Coast - Libya 73-64
The box-score will be available soon. Ivory Coast 1-1, Libya 1-1 in Group A.

Group B
Mali - Mozambique 67-54
Mali made it in their second appearance in Libya. After yesterday's 74-79 defeat against the defending champion Angola, Mali managed to beat Mozambique 67-54 improving to 1-1 in Preliminary Group B and securing a spot for the next stage. Mozambique fell to 0-2 with no chance to advance as they will meet powerful Angola tomorrow. Nouha Diakite (207-C-80, college: Louisville) led the winners with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Waly Coulibaly (193-G/F-88) had 15 and Amara Sy (202-F-81) added 13 points and 7 boards. In the loosing squad, Octavio Magolico (200-C-84) netted 11 points. Luis Barros was second scorer with 10 pts.

Egypt - Angola 69-79
The defending champion grabbed second consecutive win in Libya jumping to 2-0 record in Group B. It means that Angolans already booked place for the next stage and they will have a chance for a perfect score tomorrow. On the other side, Egypt faced with first loss and it now has 1-1. Carlos Almeida (193-G/F-76) scored 17 points for 16 minutes in victory. Eduardo Mingas (200-F-79) had 13 and Olimpio Cipriano (194-F-82) added 11 pts. Amir Fanan delivered 13 points in defeat. Ramy Gunady (185-G-81) was second scorer with 11.

Group C
Central Africa - Senegal 69-82
Second appearance and second win for Senegal on AfroBasket 2009 in Libya. This time Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) and his teammates outplayed Central Africa for 2-0 in Group C, what automatically means the ticket for Qualifying Round. CAF faced with second loss at this event, despite nice performance by Romain Lebel Guessagba (194-G-81, college: Xavier), who drained 30 points. Mouhammad Faye (206-F-85) this time top-scored in Team Senegal with 19 points. Boniface Ndong was very close to double-double collecting 18 points and 9 rebounds. Third scorer in victory was Cheikhou Thioune (194-G/F-83) with 11 pts. Regis Koundjia-Sindo (203-F-83, college: George Washington) was behind Guessagba in loss with 14 points and 5 boards.

Congo-Brazaville - Cameroon 56-70
Cameroon was too strong for Congo-Brazzaville in Libya today joining Senegal on top of Group C with 2-0 record. These two teams will meet tomorrow in the battle for position No.1, but they already qualified for the next stage. Congo-Brazzaville will meet CAF and the winner of that game will advance. The loosing side will continue in Classification Round. Harding Ngueyep Nana (203-F-81, college: Delaware) led the winners collecting 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Joachim Ekanga Ehawa (188-G-77) had 13 and Gaston Essengue (203-F-83, college: UNLV) delivered 12 pts. Jean Koumba (-83) registered double-double in loss, 19 pts and 10 rebs. Herve Assoua-Wande (-82) stopped on 12 pts.

Group D

Rwanda - Cape Verde 77-67
Rwanda surprised Cape Verde today celebrating the first win in Libya. Now four teams in Preliminary Group D are on the same 1-1 record (Rwanda, Cape Verde, Morocco and Tunisia). Matt Miller paced Rwanda to victory netting 18 points. Robert Thompson had 16 points and 11 boards, while Kenny Gasana added 12 pts and 7 boards. In the loosing squad, Jeff Xavier (185-G-85, agency: Bradley Sports Management, college: Manhattan) scored 19 points. Mario Correia (189-G-78, college: Bryant) contributed with 3 less.

Tunisia - Morocco 98-79
Tunisia had the first reason for a joy in Libya. After yesterday's defeat against Cape Verde, today Tunisia was better than Morocco and now all four teams in Group B have the same 1-1 record. Amine Rzig (199-G/F-80) top-scored for the winners with 20 points (also had 7 rebounds). Marouana Kechrid (180-G-81) had 19 pts, 7 boards and 5 assists, while Naim Dhifallah (196-F/G-82) delivered 16 pts. Mohamad Hachad (194-G-83, college: Northwestern) replied with 20 points and 6 boards in Morocco and El Masbahi followed with 17.

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