FIBA Africa on Monday handed the hosting rights of the sixth and last window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers to Cote d’Ivoire after original host, Senegal pulled out for logistics and administrative reasons.
The last time Cote d’Ivoire hosted a major FIBA tournament was the 2013 FIBA AfroBasket which served as a qualifier for the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain.
Tunisia, Nigeria and Angola have already picked the first three tickets while the last two slots available for African countries will now be determined in Abidjan.
Nigeria lead Group F, Senegal in second followed by Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Rwanda and Mali respectively. The second best team in the Group and the best third-placed team from the two groups will qualify for the 32-team FIBA World Cup scheduled for August 31-September 15 in China.
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The six-team tournament will take place at the Palais de Sports de Treichville, Abidjan from February 22-24.