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African Championships Final Standings
 1. Angola 6-0 
 2. Cameroon 5-1 
 3. Cape Verde 4-2 
 4. Egypt 3-3 
 5. Nigeria 5-1 
 6. Tunisia 3-3 
 7. C.Africa 3-3 
 8. Ivory Coast 2-4 
 9. Senegal 4-2 
 10. Morocco 3-3 
11. Mali 3-3 
 12. Rwanda 1-5 
 13. S.Africa 2-4 
 14. Mozambiq. 2-4 
 15. DRCongo 2-4 
 16. Liberia 0-6

African Championships Standings
Group A
 1. Angola 3-0 
 2. Cape Verde 2-1 
 3. Morocco 1-2 
 4. Rwanda 0-3 
Group B
 1. Egypt 2-1 
 2. Ivory Coast 2-1 
 3. Mali 1-2 
 4. Senegal 1-2 
Group C
 1. Nigeria 3-0 
 2. C.Africa 2-1 
 3. DRCongo 1-2 
 4. Liberia 0-3 
Group D
 1. Cameroon 3-0 
 2. Tunisia 2-1 
 3. Mozambiq. 1-2 
 4. S.Africa 0-3 

2007 FIBA Africa Championship Winners

Special Afrobasket '07: Cameroon Luc, Gomes made Africa best-5 - Aug. 26, 2007 
Youthful Cameroon guard/forward, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (200-G/F-88) was selected into the continent's top-5 team (All-star) of the 24th FIBA Africa Championship which ended Saturday in Luanda, Angola.

19-year Mbah played an important role in his team, Cameroon successful run which saw them play in the grand finale against Angola thus booking a playoff slot for the 2008 Olympic Games.

Other players who made the Africa-5 are championship most valuable player, (MVP) and Angola forward, Joaquim Brandao Gomes and his team-mate Cipriano Olimpio, the duo of Cape Verde guard and centre, Marques Houtman and Roberto Mascarenhas complete the roster.

Malian Modibo Niakate won the highest point scorer; Egypt's forward, Tarek El-Ghannam won the highest rebounder award; Atef Maoua of Tunisia was the championship best three points shooter while the national team of Mozambique bagged the fair play trophy.

Special Afrobasket '07: Angola forward, Gomes win MVP - Aug. 25, 2007 
Angolan forward, Joaquim Brandao Gomes was Saturday night voted as the 24th FIBA Africa Championship Most valuable Player (MVP) taking over from compatriot Cipriano Olimpio who won the mvp title in 2005.

The 27-year forward was voted by a coaches and jounalists for distinguishing himself in the Angolan team by playing major role enroute his country retaining the African title for a record five times back-back.

Gomes was also voted as one of the top-five players of the championship.
Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, college: Valparaiso)

Special Afrobasket '07: Cameroon go down fighting, as Angola retain title - Aug. 25, 2007 
Angola have won the FIBA Africa Championship title for a record five times back-back and nine in the last ten editions of the championship thus booking an automatic ticket to the 2008 Beijing Olympics beating hard fighting Cameroon by 86-72 points in the grand finale after 11 days of action.

Though the young Cameroon team lost to the Angolan in the epic final they still held their head high especially when nobody gave them chance to go far in the championship with some of the continent's basketball power house like Nigeria, Senegal and Mali bowing out at the group and quarter-final stage.

Eduardo Mingas was the in a star-performance against the Cameroon side scoring 18 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists, the duo of Miguel Lutonda and Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, college: Valparaiso) scored 13 points each with Gomes grabbing 5 rebounds, Victor Muzadi poured in 12 points, 3 rebounds and one assist while Carlos Morais added 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists.

Cameroon forward, Brice Vounang like Mingas scored 18 points but with 10 rebounds and one block-shot, Patrick Bouli added 16 points and 2 assists just as Gaston Essengue held up the Lions pride with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists.

As runner-up Cameroon will be joined by third-placed Cape Verde for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games playoffs slated for next year.

Special Afrobasket Final ‘07: Luanda agog for final, as fans rush for ticket - Aug. 25, 2007 
The city of Luanda capital of Angola is agog with activities for today's grand finale of the 24th FIBA Africa Championship for between host and defending champion, Angola and Cameroon.

Starting time is 19.00 local time at the 6,873 capacity Cidadela gymnasium, Luanda in the Angola national stadium.

Fans are seen holding the Angolan national flag with so many brides, which go a long way to show how much importance they attached to their national team that has won the Africa Championship eight out of the last nine editions.

The match has become the centre of group discussion among men, women, young and old with so much confidence that Cameroon will be consume in the first two quarters of the match.

Ticket for the all important final was reported to have been bought out by anxious fans that cannot wait to see their darling team win the trophy back-back five times in a row having successfully defended the title since 1999.

Special Afrobasket Final ‘07: Host and Past winners of the Championship - Aug. 25, 2007 
Year Host Winner
1962 Egypt Egypt
1964 Morocco Egypt
1965 Tunisia Morocco
1968 Morocco Senegal
1970 Egypt Egypt
1972 Senegal Senegal
1974 Central Africa Central Africa
1975 Egypt Egypt
1978 Senegal Senegal
1980 Morocco Senegal
1981 Somalia Cote d'Ivoire
1983 Egypt Egypt
1985 Cote d'Ivoire Cote d'Ivoire
1987 Tunisia Central Africa
1989 Angola Angola
1991 Egypt Angola
1993 Kenya Angola
1995 Algeria Angola
1997 Senegal Senegal
1999 Angola Angola
2001 Morocco Angola
2003 Egypt Angola
2005 Algeria Angola
2007 Angola ?????

Special Afrobasket '07: Cape Verde claim third spot beat Egypt 53-51 - Aug. 24, 2007 
Cape Verde has booked a place in the playoff of the 2008 Beijing Olympics with a 53-52 points win over Egypt in the third-place game played today at the Cidadela gymnasium, Luanda.

The Emmanuel Travoada coached side came back from behind to humbled the North African in their own game.

The youthful coach proved a point that home grown coaches have an edge over imported coach in the slamming and dunking game in Africa.

Cape Verde will now join the championship runner-up for the FIBA playoffs championship holding next year.

Nigeria defeated Tunisia 83-82 points in over-time to claim the fifth spot of the championship.

The Nigeria tied the game when it matters most and when the Tunisian thought it was over, Nigeria off-guard, Chamberlain Oguchi took a daring shot to tie the game at 69 points apiece at regular time.

The Nigeria side poured in 14 points to Tunisia 13 at over-time.

Special Afrobasket Final ‘07: Odd favours Angola, but Cameroon stay focus - Aug. 24, 2007 
Odd seems favour defending champion of the FIBA Africa Championship, Angola to win the title for the ninth time in the last ten editions of the continent's flagship competition.

Angola who would parades set of players that have played together for more than five years both at club and national team level backed by expertise of Portuguese-born coach, Alberto Carvalho, nicknamed “Ginguba” meaning Nuts.

Angola have remain the most consistent team in the continent and having represented Africa at the Olympics since 1992, have won the Africa Championship eight out of the nine previous editions in 1989 (Angola), 1992 (Egypt), 1993 (Kenya), 1995 (Algeria), 1999 (Angola), 2001 (Morocco), 2003 (Egypt) and 2005 (Algeria). They placed second and third in (2nd Egypt - 1983), (2nd Cote d'Ivoire - 1985), (3rd Tunisia - 1987), (3rd Senegal - 1997).

Cameroon on the other hand cannot boast of any record in the championship to date as they remain an under dog and were not given a chance to be in the last four due to their basketball pedigree in Africa but they have proved that they can actually contest for the title which they will doing against Angola Saturday having qualified for the grand finale beating former basketball power-house Egypt in the semi-finals by 58-52 points.

The Cameroonians will bank on their youthful coach Lazare Adingono who was a former national team player and assistant coach of Canisius College in the United States of America.

The Cameroonian coach who is younger than Angola guard and veteran player, Antonio Victor De Carvalho will contend with expertise of Angolan coach Carvalho who will unleash his full squad on the younger Cameroonian team.

Some players to watch in the final on the side of the Angolan team: the defending champion will bank on 2005 most valuable player - 6”5' forward, Cesario Cipriano Olimpio who plays club competition in his country league with Desportivo 1. DE Agosto basketball club of Luanda. Born April 9, 1982 and was at this year's NBA summer league of the Detroit Pistons.

He is a long standing member of the Angolan national team.

Miguel Timoteo Pontes Lutonda - he is the captain of the side and veteran of the Africa Championship, having been part of the Angolan national team since 1999 when they hosted and win to pick to continent sole ticket to the 2000 Olympic Games.

36-year old Lutonda started his career in Cabinda with Sporting Banca, he later moved to the capital, Luanda and team up with Atletico Sporting Aviation (ASA) in 1996 where he was till 1999 before putting pen on paper for Agosto where he has remained since.

Antonio Victor de Carvalho - at 38 years, he still wax stronger than some younger players in the continent today, a veteran of many Africa Championships, World Championship and the Olympics.

Standing at 6 feet 5 inches, Carvalho is renowned for his three points shot and can wreck any team if allow some space.

The Angola off-guard play club basketball with reigning Africa Champions Club winner and the Angolan league champion Petro Atletico basketball club of Luanda since 1998.

Cameroon - Luc Richard Mbah A Moute - youthful Luc is the engine that ignite the Lions, a 2003 Basketball Without Border camper, an NBA/FIBA development camp is a never-say die player who believes that the game is not over until the referees' final whistle.

Born some 19 years ago in Yaounde, Cameroon, young Luc is a sophomore student of the University of California and played a big role in his school qualification for the NCAA final-4 this year.

He has been of tremendous form since the championship dunk-off on August 15 especially in the quarter and semi-fi

Special Afrobasket '07: Menjour thumb-up Angola - Aug. 24, 2007 
Tunisian basketball technocrat, Abdelraouf Menjour, FIBA Africa President of Competition Commission looked back with nostalgia at the 24th FIBA Africa Championship being hosted by Angola.

The FIBA Africa bigwig says, though this is the first time the championship is played by 16-nations, there is no doubt that the host has done perfectly well in terms of organisation among others.

Menjour advised other would-be host of the continent's flagship competition to borrow a leaf from Angola who provided five (Luanda, Benguela, Lubango, Huambo and Cabinda) venues for the championship which he considered a model in the history of the competition in Africa.

He, however, urged the basketball federations of Nigeria, Senegal and Mali whom he consider as some of the continent's power-house who were bundled out of the championship at the group and quarter-finals stage to do more in order to raise the level of competitiveness in future championship.

He also agreed that Angola can host the FIBA World Championship if it met all requirement of the world governing body as decision for which country host the rest of the world does not rest with FIBA Africa who will definitely throw its weight behind such bid.

“It is the first time we are having 16 countries in the championship with five cities as venues, to me it is a good development for the game in Africa.

“I hope other countries will take a cue from what Angola did by developing more facilities instead of having to play all the 48 matches in one venue and city, Angola has succeeded in taking basketball to its interior provinces/cities and we can't wait to witness the resultant effect of that.

“The Championship threw up lots of surprises where some big teams like Nigeria, Senegal and Mali did not finish among the top-four.

“It is a challenge to these countries federation to be alive to their responsibilities by preparing their team very well ahead major championship such as the Afrobasket, because the so called minors have braced up and are ready to give the stronger nations some surprises.

“Though the development is not that good for Africa basketball because it means Angola have little or no opposition to contend with unlike in the past where it will play against countries like Senegal or Nigeria in either the semi-finals or finals.

“Yes, I think Angola can host the World Championship and will receive full backing of FIBA Africa, but will have to work extra hard to met the conditions that the world body will set for would-be host of such big tournament as the world championship.

Special Afrobasket '07: Gallant Cape Verde bow to Angola  - Aug. 23, 2007 
Surprise semi-finalist of the 24th FIBA Africa Championship for Men, Cape Verde today went down fighting to defending champion, Angola at a packed full Cidadela gymnasium, Luanda, Angola.

The coach Emmanuel Trovoada side who booked a semi-final ticket against the continent's number-one ranked team, Angola having stopped Nigeria in the quarter-final fought to the blast of the referees' whistle in a charged atmosphere which has the vociferous Angolan fans drumming and singing from the beginning of the match to the end.

Though the Cape Verdean lost by a 33 points margin of 93-60 points but gave their all in match they did not give the reigning championship an opportunity to make a mince meat of them just like in the group stage where they lost scandalously by a 56 points margin.

The Angola who will have a date against Cameroon in the grand finale on Saturday won in all four quarters (20-16; 19-16; 23-15 and 29-13) with Milton Barros netting 18 points, one rebound and one assist; the duo of Eduardo Minga and Joaquim Gomes added 15 points each while Miguel Lutonda contributed 12 points 3 rebounds and 2 assists.

Cape Verde centre Rodrigo Mascarenhas who play professional basketball with Angolan foremost team Deportivo De Agosto led his team with 16 points and 8 rebounds while Margques Houtman and Mario Correia added 15 and 10 points respectively.

Special Afrobasket '07: Senegal beat Morocco to 9th place - Aug. 23, 2007 
2005 runner-up of the FIBA Africa Championship for Men, Senegal today in Benguela, Angola defeated Morocco to place 9th in the 16-nations championship which will come to a close on Saturday.

The Senegalese won two out of the four quarters (second - 22-14 and third - 20-17) while drawing its opponent in the first and last quarters - 16-16 and 21-21.

Morocco host in 2001 thus end its campaign in Angola on the 10th spot and will have to qualify from its zone for the 2009 edition billed for Nigeria.

Mali recorded a 78-74 points victory over Rwanda (20-13; 18-17; 21-25 and 19-19) in the placement 11-12 position, South Africa humbled fellow zone-6 member Mozambique by 97-85 points (18-20; 30-17; 16-23 and 33-25) to place 13th. Just as DR Congo ended Liberia dream of winning a single match in the 11-day championship with 92-84 points win (24-19; 29-25; 19-20 and 20-20.

Special Afrobasket '07: Mbah powered Cameroon to finals - Aug. 23, 2007 
University of California, Los Angeles and Cameroon guard/forward LUC Richard Mbah A Moute powered his country into the grand finale of the 24th FIBA Africa Championship for Men inside the magnificent Cidadela gymnasium in Luanda, Angola.

The 19-year-old scored 20 points, grabbing 9 rebounds three of it from the offense while 6 are taken from defense; the 2003 NBA/FIBA Basketball Without Border Camper also had one assist and 2 block-shots to shoot his country to the finals at the expense of 9th All Africa Games silver medallist, Egypt with a 58-52 points win.

Gaston Essengue of the University of Nevada added 14 points, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks to back his country against the Pharaohs who threw away a 15-09 point's first quarter lead.

The Cameroonian came back strongly to take the second quarter by massive 24-11 points for a halftime score-line of 33-26.

The Egyptians tried to make a comeback in the third quarter winning by 14-08 points but that effort was not enough as they lost out in the last and deciding quarter to the more purposeful Cameroonians with a 17-14 points lose for a cumulative scores of 58-52.

Egyptian Ahmed El Said led his team on the scorers chat with 15 points, 2 assists and one block-shot while Remy Gunady added 10 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

Special Afrobasket '07: Central Africa finish 7th beat Cote d'Ivoire 69-63 - Aug. 23, 2007 
Central Africa Republic today defeated Cote d'Ivoire by 69-63 points to finish seventh in a hard fought match played at the Cidadela gymnasium in Luanda, Angola.

The Central African dominance in the second and third quarters was enough to earn them victory at the expense of the Ivories who won the first and fourth quarters (17-10 and 19-14) while their Central African opponent took the second and third quarters with 26-11 and 19-16 points in the classification game of the 24th FIBA Africa Championship.

29-year-old former Longwy-Rehon basketball club of France guard Lionel Steve Bomayako led the floor with 20 points and one assist, his compatriot Maixant Mombollet added 13 points and 7 rebounds while George Washington University forward Regis Junior Koundjia-Sindo contributed 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists to lift his side above Coach Monclar Jacques tutored Ivories side.

ABC basketball club of Abidjan guard Stephane Konate Sornan had a double double of 17 points and 10 rebounds the best by any player in the match just as French Pro-B team Saint Vallier Basket Drome's forward, Rodrigue Alfred Djahue added 13 points and 7 rebounds for the painful lose against Coach Perrin Michel and his boys.

Special Afrobasket '07: Central Africa finish 7th beat Cote d'Ivoire 69-63 - Aug. 23, 2007 
Central Africa Republic today defeated Cote d'Ivoire by 69-63 points to finish seventh in a hard fought match played at the Cidadela gymnasium in Luanda, Angola.

The Central African dominance in the second and third quarters was enough to earn them victory at the expense of the Ivories who won the first and fourth quarters (17-10 and 19-14) while their Central African opponent took the second and third quarters with 26-11 and 19-16 points in the classification game of the 24th FIBA Africa Championship.

29-year-old former Longwy-Rehon basketball club of France guard Lionel Bomayako (196-G-78, agency: Court Side, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) led the floor with 20 points and one assist, his compatriot Maixant Mombollet added 13 points and 7 rebounds while George Washington University forward Regis Junior Koundjia-Sindo contributed 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists to lift his side above Coach Monclar Jacques tutored Ivories side.

ABC basketball club of Abidjan guard Stephane Konate Sornan had a double double of 17 points and 10 rebounds the best by any player in the match just as French Pro-B team Saint Vallier Basket Drome's forward, Rodrigue Alfred Djahue added 13 points and 7 rebounds for the painful lose against Coach Perrin Michel and his boys.

Another loss against Congo - Aug. 23, 2007 
Liberia experienced another loss against the Democratic Republic of Congo to whom they lost now three times in a row (twice in Angola, once in Algeria).
Mark Smith (-87) led again the Lone Star by recording 17 points for the winless team while Gege Kizubanata (-81) and Lifetu Selengue (202-C-76) netted in 27 and 26 points respectievely for the Simbas.
The 92-84 winner of the Congolese puts them ahead of the Liberians in the final classement as Liberia finishes 16th and last in this year's African Championship.

Special Afrobasket '07: Awojobi lift Nigeria over Central Africa - Aug. 22, 2007 
Veteran Nigeria player, Tunji Awojobi lead his team-mates by example against Central Africa Republic in classment 5-8 placement Wednesday with a game high scores of 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

Nigeria who played with just eight players as others are down either by injury or is sick as the Nigerian bench was the only one without medical personnel defeated their opponent by 80-46 points of 24-09; 20-16; 12-08 and 24-13 to set up the stage against Tunisia Friday in the placement 5-6 position of the championship.

Cleveland Cavaliars Ejike Ugboaja poured in 15 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assists and 1 block-shot; Deji Akindele had 12 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assists and 3 block-shots; while guard Jason Bazuaye 11 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.

Tunisia on the other hand defeated Cote d'Ivoire by 74-63 points; Mozambique defeated Liberia who is likely finish the competition without a win by 81-65 points, South Africa defeated DR Congo by 77-74 in a thrilling encounter; Morocco hammered Mali by 86-76 while Senegal beat Rwanda 93-58.

Thursday Games:

In Benguela

Liberia Vs DR Congo - 11.00AM

Mozambique Vs South Africa - 1.30PM

Mali Vs Rwanda - 4.00PM

Morocco Vs Senegal - 6.30PM

In Luanda:

Central Africa Vs Cote d'Ivoire - 2.00pm


Egypt Vs Cameroon - 4.30pm

Cape Verde Vs Angola - 7.00pm

Angola 2007: Next games already ahead - Aug. 22, 2007 
Everything looks like another straight championship for the hosts after the surprising loss by the "D'Tigers" of Nigeria to underdogs Cape Verde.
After a long absence of the CAN , the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon facing a difficult task against the Pharaohs from Egypt in the other semi-final pairing.

Semi-Finals (23.8.):
Angola - Cape Verde
Egypt - Cameroon

Nigeria takes on the Central African Republic and Tunisia is going against the Elephants from the Ivory Coast. Both games are hard to predict as all four teams showed some strong games in the championships so far.

Places 5-8 (22.8.):
Nigeria - Central African Republic
Tunisia - Ivory Coast

Senegal is en route for the 9th place ,still a disappointing finish for the Lions who suffered a set back after the sudden departure of Sam Vincent right before the departure to Angola.
Mali should be having no trouble to beat a weak Moroccan team in the other pairing.

Places 9-12 (22.8):
Senegal - Rwanda
Morocco - Mali

Liberia is still waiting for a win in a continental championship this year while South Africa couldnt do anything in this CAN so far. Late entry Mozambique did quite well while the Congolese lacked help from their diaspora and registered only one win over Liberia so far.

Places 13-16 (22.8):
Liberia - Mozambique
South Africa - Dem.Rep. Congo

Angola 2007: Quarterfinal Results and Box Scores - Aug. 22, 2007 
Cameroon- Ivory Coast 76-56 (33-27) - Tunisia 67-57 (33-27) - Cape Verde 52-63 (23-23) - Central African Republic 71-58 (51-39)  Games for places 9-16:Morocco - Liberia 93-54Senegal - South Africa 99-76Rwanda - DR Congo 89-87 in OTMali - Mozambique 67-61

Special Afrobasket '07: Central Africa no match for Angola - Aug. 21, 2007 
Reigning Africa champion, Angola Tuesday showed the stuff it is made up of when it ran ring round hapless Central Africa Republic in the last quarter-final match of the 24th FIBA Africa Championship at the magnificent Cidadela gymnasium in Luanda.

The match had started with a very high score in the first quarter with Angola winning 36-29 points while the game was slowed down a little in the second quarter with the Angolan still in the lead taking the quarter 17-10, the third quarter was no difference as the Angolan won game through perfect distribution of ball with an 11-06 points victory while the fourth quarter ends 14-06 in favour of the African champion thus providing an easy semi-final pairing for them against Nigeria conqueror Cape Verde on Thursday.

The question on the lips of most people that watched the game against the hapless Central African side is that “who will tame Angola in Africa basketball”

And just as the question was about simmering down another onlooker gave an answer, a country that is ready to support its basketball federation and a federation will be alike to its responsibility that must come with clean hand in handling issues that bothers on the development and improvement of the game in its country and zone.

A federation where corruption and ineptitude will be done away with, one who does not harbour grudges and those not condone sycophancy, that, only will stop the dominance of Angola who has elevate basketball to the status of religion that both small and old adore.

Special Afrobasket '07: Egypt through to last four beat Tunisia 67-57 - Aug. 21, 2007 
Egypt became the first country to book a semi-final ticket at the ongoing 24th FIBA Africa Championship (The African Cup of Nations) with a 67-57 points win over North Africa neighbour, Tunisia, Tuesday at the magnificent Cidadela gymnasium in Luanda, Angola.

Egypt went seven points clear at the end of first quarter with 20-13 points but gave up the second quarter 14-13 for half time score of 33-27.

Both sides put in 12 points each in the third quarter with the Pharaohs showing more zeal in the last quarter which it won by 22-18 points for a cumulative score-line of 67-57 points to be the first country to book a semi-final slot in the race to qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Tunisian Rhadouane Slimame led the floor with 16 points and 5 rebounds, he shot 60% from the three points field goals and 50% from the free throw line, while his team-mate Hamdi Braa added 15 points, 2 rebounds and one assist with a hundred percent from the three points field goal area, 66.7% from the two points field goal and 50% from the line.

Egypt Ibrahim El Garmal led his team-mate with 13 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assist, he had a excellent run in the three points shots taken, 5'% from two points field goal and 80% from the line, Tarek El Ghannam had a double double of 12 points and 14 rebounds shooting 57.1% from two points field goal and 50% each from three points field goal and from the line while Amir Fannan added 10 points, 5 rebounds and one assist, all points made from two points field goals.

Special Afrobasket '07: Amadou Fall absolve players of Senegal woe - Aug. 21, 2007 
The General Manager of the Senegalese national team to the 2007 African Cup of Nations taking place in Angola and Dallas Mavericks director of scouting, Amadou Galo Fall says the players have no hand in the ouster of the Lions from the continent's apex championship.

Speaking in an exclusive chat with in Luanda, Angola Tuesday, shortly before he left for Benguela to give the players some moral support in their classification match against South Africa, says the early exit from group-C should serve as a sort of wake-up call to Senegalese basketball authority whom he blamed for not taking the development of the game seriously after the triumph of 1997 when they beat Nigeria to lift the trophy on home ground.

He described the exit of one of Africa basketball power-house at the group stage as very painful to him and the players.

According to the Mavericks high ranking official says the team knows they are playing in a tough group which comprises of Mali, Egypt and Cote d'Ivoire but says the least they expected from the group is to come second and not to be bundled out at the group stage after finishing second in the 2005 edition held in Algeria.

“We have high hope of doing well in this championship and so we are disappointed in our fall here.

“We know that our group in Lubango was going to be tough because of the teams in the group which comprises of us, Mali, Egypt and Cote d'Ivoire, but the absence of strong leadership on the part of those administering the game in Senegal cost us this early exit.

“Preparation was delayed more than necessary, for example we plan to commence training early June but did not start until mid-July part of these poor planning makes us not to be with our coach Sam Vincent who joined us in Italy during our preparation but had to go back to his base in the United States of America.

Fall, however, gave a ray of hope for the rediscovery of his country basketball which according to him enjoyed so much support from the fans.

The way forward for the present state of our basketball is for us to have people who are passionate about the game not just those who want to occupy position.

We must embark on soul searching in order to correct the present rots in our basketball, because basketball is a team game and if we must achieve great success we must work as a team.

Special Afrobasket '07: Classification: Maroc/Liberia 93-54 - Aug. 21, 2007 
Morocco this morning defeated Liberia by 93-54 points in one of the classification match played in Benguela, Angola.

The Moroccan whose campaign in group-A was ended by Angola and Cape Verde ruled the game wining in all four quarters.

Morocco coached by Rebatet Jean-Paul won the first quarter by 20-09 points, wade off a come-back from the Liberian in the second quarter with 19-18 points win the closest among the quarters.

They went on to win in the third and fourth quarters by 25-16 and 29-11 points

Special Afrobasket '07: Battle for Olympic ticket gets keener, as Q/Finals matches starts - Aug. 21, 2007 
The battle for the race for the sole automatic Beijing 2008 Olympic Games ticket which began in five cities across Angola on August 15 gets keener as the real contestants have been separated from the pretenders with some surprises recorded with the quarter-final matches starting today in the 6,873 capacity Cidadela gymnasium in Luanda.

Among the top contenders for the sole automatic ticket are reigning Africa champion, Angola, 2005 2nd runner-up Nigeria and 2005 runner-up Senegal who incidentally have fallen by the way side due largely to what was term as lack of commitment on the part of those saddled with the responsibilities of running the sport in the West African country.

The Africa Zone-2 top nation with array of tested players in the world most glamorous league, the American National Basketball Association league, The NBA, America Colleges and Europe like Mali fell to Cote d'Ivoire and Egypt who are staging a big come-back to Africa basketball.

From group-A, it was host Angola and Cape Verde that made it to the knock-out stage, Egypt and Cote d'Ivoire edged out Senegal and Mali from group-B while group-C top seeds Nigeria and Central Africa Republic made it to the last eight with Cameroon and Tunisia coming from group-D.

In the today's quarter-finals, Egypt will stage its luck against fellow North African Tunisia at the Cidadela gymnasium in Luanda in the first quarter final match, taking the stage next is Nigeria seeded number-20 by the world basketball governing body, FIBA will try its hand against Cape Verde, Cameroon and Cote d'Ivoire will take to the court at 18.00 hour local time while Africa's most successful basketball nation and the continent number-1 seeded team and number-14 in the world Angola will try to out-score Romain Sato and his colleagues from the Central Africa Republic at 20.30 hours local time.

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