FIBA Africa have confirmed Senegal as host country of the 2019 FIBA AfroBasket Women from August 9-18 at the newly-built Arena Dakar on the outskirts of the Senegalese capital city.
The announcement was made on Friday during a meeting between a FIBA Africa delegation led by FIBA Africa Regional Director Alphonse Bile, Senegal Minister of Sports Matar Ba and Senegal Basketball Federation President Babacar Ndiaye, who were accompanied by a number of basketball shareholders, among them was Senegal international Gorgui Dieng.
Host Senegal, defending champions Nigeria, Mali and Mozambique have all qualified for this year’s event after they all made the semi finals of the 2017 Afrobasket in Bamako, Mali.
Other teams will go through a qualification series to book their place in this year’s continental tournament. Cameroon has secured the only ticket in FIBA Africa Zone 4 while Cape Verde defeated Guinea last month in Zone 2.
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Qualifiers in Zone 6 is ongoing in Harare, Zimbabwe, and will be decided between the host country and regional powerhouse Angola, who finished sixth two years ago in Bamako.
Senegal last hosted the FIBA Afrobasket Women in 2007 when they finished second in the 12-nation tournament.