BASKETBALL: Egypt to face Croatia in round of 16 of U-17 World Cup
The Pharaohs secured their spot after beating New Zealand in their kick-off game with a scoreline of 64-50, before losing their remaining group games to Canada 53-93 and Montenegro 67-77.
Egypt’s key performer in the group-stages was Al Ahly’s Youssef Osama, who had the most points and rebounds per game in the team.
Egypt managed to finish in third place with four points, only one ahead of bottom-placed New Zealand, which put them against Croatia in the round of 16.
Croatia were in group D, where they finished in second place after beating Philippines 97-75 and hosts Argentina 74-55, before losing the top spot to France 51-79.
The encounter will take place on Wednesday, July 4 at 18:15 GMT. A win for Egypt will see them reach the quarter-finals for the first time in their history.
This is the fifth edition of the tournament, with the Egyptian side featuring in all of the previous ones. 11th was their best finish and it came in 2010 in Hamburg. They also finished 12th, 13th and 16th in the following three tournaments.