September 18, 2021
The tournament started in Yaounde in Cameroon on Saturday. The twelve teams are divided into four groups with results determining placement in the bracket as all teams will qualify for the knockout round. The key games are the semifinals as the winners will not only qualify for the final, but also take spots in next year’s World Cup qualifiers.
The hosts are in this group and opened with a 74-50 win over Kenya as they welcomed back a key player and integrated a number of new players into their team.
Cameroon vs. Kenya 74-50 CMR Ewodo 16/7r Fankam 15/11r Effa 12/6r Guotue 6/6r Green 6/6a Weledji 5 Lonlack 5 Nkoyock 4 Ngukong 3/7r Ndoli 2 Ekah 0 Tientcheu 0 KEN Wanyama 12/10r Mwangale 12 C. Akinyi 8/7r Owino 6 M. Otieno 4 Okumu 4 Reynolds 2 Wasuda 2 Ouma 0 Omondi DNP G. Otieno DNP Opicho DNP
The day ended with two-time defending champions Nigeria getting a test from Mozambique, whose participation was in doubt before funding was secured, before dominating the second half to win
Nigeria vs. Mozambique 67-50 NGR Kalu 17 Elonu 13/7r Chidom 8 Ogoke 8 Ibekwe 7 Macaulay 5/9r Okonkwo 2 Amukamara 2 Kunaiyi-Akpanah 2 Akaraiwe 2 Enabosi 1 Musa 0 MOZ Seda 12/6r Chiziane 12 Cossa 9 Mucauro 6/7r/6s Pereira 4 Gimo 3 Mafanela 2 Veloso 2 Mabjaia 0 Henriques 0 Covane 0 Pinto 0
The day started in this group with an easy 100-31 win over a Guinea team that was happy to make it to the tournament after losing their qualifier, but making it to the field with other teams not available.
Senegal vs. Guinea 100-31 SEN Diop 19/8r Niang 14 Ndiaye 13/6r Diarra 12/7r Ndao 10 Sy-Diop 9/6s Sarr 6/9r Fall 5/6a Sylla 5 Sene 4 I. Dieme 2 B. Dieme 1/8a GUI Kaba 8 Mara 6 Jallow 4 Berete 4 Bah 4 Diawara 3 Soumah 2 Diallo 0 Mbaye 0 Camara 0 Toure DNP Konte DNP
The second game of the day was not competitive either as Mali rolled past Tunisia 101-39.
Mali vs. Tunisia 101-39 MLI N’Diaye 18/6s Kone 14/11r A. Traore 14/6r M. Coulibaly 12/6r K. Coulibaly 9/6a Dembele 8 Haidara 7 Sangare 6/8r Maiga 6 Doumbia 5 N. Traore 2 Sissoko 0 TUN Loubiri 16 M. Hamrouni 11 Laouini 4/6r H. Hamrouni 4 Shili 3 Rebai 1 Trabelsi 0 Hamzaoui 0 Abidi 0 Nasri 0 Baccar 0 Mallat 0