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Respectively first in groups A and B, Cape Verde and Tunisia qualified directly for the quarter-finals. For Rwanda, Angola, Guinea and Egypt will have to go through a qualifying match.
In group A, the equation was simple: it was necessary to win in this third group match to hope to win the first qualifying place for the quarters. Host country and first in the group before the last match, Rwanda had their destiny in their hands, but it was finally Cape Verde who created the surprise by snatching first place thanks to a better point difference after their 82-74 victory against the Rwandans.
For the DRC, it is disillusionment. The Congolese needed a win to stay in the top three but Angola, who had already suffered two defeats in as many matches, were back to the wall and had no choice but to win to stay in the competition. The multiple African champions woke up to the right way and overcame the DRC (73-58) which finds itself fourth in the group and eliminated because of a poorer difference in points.
The Tunisian flawless
In Group B, Tunisia was assured of first place in the group even before playing their last match. But the Tunisians, led by a very good Makram Ben Romdhane, did the job by easily grabbing a third victory 68 to 51 against the Central African Republic who took the door of this Afrobasket 2021 without winning the slightest success.
The good operation of the day was however carried out by Guinea who absolutely had to win to grab a third place synonymous with a qualifying match. Against Egypt, the task promised to be difficult but the Guineans rose to the challenge brilliantly by winning 86 to 78.
Cape Verde and Tunisia will now be able to enjoy some respite as their next quarterfinal match will only take place on Wednesday 1 September. In the meantime, Rwanda will face Guinea on Monday, August 30, to try to get their ticket for the quarterfinals, when at the same time Egypt will challenge Angola.