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Egypt reach Afrobasket U16 final, qualify for World Cup

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Egypt secured a place at the FIBA Under-17 Basketball World Cup after beating Tunisia in the semi-final of the 2017 Africa Under-16 Championship on Friday.

The Pharaohs reached the African final after an easy 86-45 victory over the Eagles Of Carthage in the semi-final of the tournament held in Mauritius. They are now one match away from winning their second title in a row.

Meanwhile, Mali reached the final after a tough game against Algeria, which saw them claim a 72-62 victory.

The final will be a rematch of the 2015 edition, which ended in a 63-62 victory for the Pharaohs. Both African finalists qualify to the global showpiece held next year in Argentina between July 21 and July 29.

Egypt had reached the Final Phase after finishing top of Group B with 12 points, as they defeated all their opponents, namely Madagascar, Rwanda, and Algeria, twice, while Mali topped Group A with victories over Tunisia, Mozambique, and Mauritius.

It’s worth noting that this tournament is held every two years and the first edition was inaugurated in 2009 and was won by Egypt in Mozambique. Egypt are the record holders with three tournament wins of four editions while Angola managed to win once.

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