ABIDJAN (Cote d’Ivoire) – For the first time, Madagascar will host the 12-nation FIBA U18 Women’s African Championship next month in Antananarivo.
The tournament is scheduled to run from August 4 through to August 15.
Uganda has become the first team to secure their presence in the tournament through a qualifier after a successful run last month in Kampala, Uganda.
By virtue of finishing first and second, respectively, in the last edition in Cairo, Egypt and runners-up Mali have qualified automatically to this year’s African Championship.
The tournament’s final lineup is expected to be announced after the end FIBA Africa qualifying zones.
Seven years, Madagascar played hosted the FIBA U16 Women’s African Championship, having finished fifth on the back of a 4-2 record.
The last four editions of the U18 Women’s African Championship has been invariably decided between Egypt and Mali although Mozambique reached the Championship Game in 2018 when they fell short to Mali in Cairo.
Mali are the undisputed champions in the history of the tournament, having lifted the trophy a record 7 times. They are followed by Egypt (2) and DR Congo (2).
Madagascar will try to become the first host team other than Mali and Egypt to win the tournament.
Former tournament MVPs are currently some of most popular players in women’s basketball. The list includes Mali’s Djena N’diaye (2014), Meral Abdelgawad (2016), Assetou Sissoko (2018) and Yara Hussei (2020).
The winners and runners-up of the FIBA U18 Women’s African Championship earn the right to represent Africa at the FIBA Basketball U19 Women’s Championship the following year.
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