NAIROBI (Xinhua) —
Cameroon picked up a win against Kenya in the
men’s basketball international friendly match here on Tuesday
night, before heading for Angola for the final phase of the 2019
World Championships Africa qualifiers.
The west African
side faces stronger challenge in Luanda where they must defeat
Egypt, Tunisia and Chad in an attempt to secure one of the three
spots still available for African countries for next year’s
World Cup in China.
Angola will host the
second leg of Group E of the World Cup qualifiers from Nov. 30
to Dec. 2.
The hosts currently
sit in second place with 15 points, three points fewer than
Tunisia, who have already secured the ticket to the World Cup.
Nigeria also won in
their group of the first phase to sail through to the World Cup
that will take place from Aug. 31 to Sept. 15 in China.
Cameroon deputy coach Bouwe Gilles, who saw his side beat Kenya
61-46, believes they still have the capacity to tame their
rivals to make the final cut.
“Kenya gave us a
good run to test out limits, which is what we will be facing in
Luanda,” Gilles said.
A total of 80 teams
from the four regions of Africa, Americas, Europe and Asia,
which includes Oceania, are playing on home and away games to
qualify for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China.
China beat the
Philippines to win the bid to host the tournament in eight
cities: Beijing, Dongguan, Guangzhou, Foshan, Nanjing, Shenzhen,
Suzhou and Wuhan.