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Cameroon beat Kenya in warm-up
for World Cup basketball qualifiers

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.

However, the 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. 

             

 

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