The third and last leg of the 2021 FIBA AfroBasket Qualifiers will be staged in bubbles.
The qualifiers will be staged in Yaounde, Cameroon, and Monastir, Tunisia, in February between February 19 and 21.
But just as it was during the second leg staged in November, 2020, in Kigali, Rwanda, no fans will be allowed inside the arenas while players will not be granted opportunity to interact with the outside world during the entire period of the tournament, organizers have announced.
“The third and final window will also be organized as protected environment in order to protect the health and safety of all participants, FIBA Africa said in a statement.
Cameroon’s capital will host two pools, including Group B, that has Kenya, Senegal, Mozambique and Angola; and C.
The other Group (C) teams are host, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea and Ivory Coast.
This is the second time that these games are returning to Cameroon that successful staged the first round of Group C, last February.
Meanwhile, Tunisia will host three groups – A, D and E – of the championship that will run from February 17th to 21st.
This is the first time since September 2018 that the North African country is hosting the men’s national team competition. Tunisia, currently African reigning champions, last staged this event in 2015, where they finished third.
They head Group A alongside Democracy Republic of Congo, Madagascar and Central Africa Republic.
Nigeria leads group D together with South Sudan, Mali and Rwanda while Egypt, Uganda, Cape Verde and Morocco are in Group E.
Kenya, christened the Morans, are set to kick off their preparation for the showpiece where they need just a win to to book a ticket to the continental stage.
The most important criteria in choosing the hosts, like for the previous window, was health and travel guarantees and compliance with FIBA health protocols, including testing and controlled entry into a secure environment, FIBA said.
The teams that will finish in the first three positions of each group will qualify for the 30th edition of Africa’s premier basketball competition, which will take place in the Rwandan capital of Kigali from August 24 to September 5.
In case hosts Rwanda are ranked first, second or third in their group, then the three highest-placed teams will make it to the final tournament from Group D.
This also means that the best fourth-placed team in all the five groups, based on the classification rules of the Official Basketball Rules, shall obtain the last spot for the FIBA AfroBasket 2021, making a total of 16 teams.