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Winner takes it all at FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2017 Zone 5 Qualifier
CAIRO (FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2017) – Four national teams from FIBA Africa Zone 5 are in the Egyptian capital city of Cairo from March 12-18 to battle for the one slot to the Final Round of FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2017 in Bamako, Mali (September 15-24).
Hosts Egypt, Kenya, debutants Somalia and reigning champions Uganda are the participating nations after Burundi, Tanzania and Rwanda withdrew from the regional tournament, which has always been competitive.
This year's qualifier is expected to create more sparks as regional giants Kenya look to retain their mantle at the top but the emergence of neighbours Uganda who ousted them in 2014 to become winners will make for a derby show.
Egypt, on the other hand, wish to build on the advantage that comes with playing in front of a home crowd and to avoid a surprise against Uganda, they will be taking their opener on Sunday at 20:15 local time (GMT +2) very seriously.
With a young dynamic side that caused a ripple at the FIBA Women's AfroBasket in 2015 in Cameroon when they defeated defending champions Angola in the Group Phase, Egypt are looking to make it to the continental tournament for a third straight time with that experience.
Debutants Somalia, who are a little known in the region, will be using that to their advantage and seeking to make a surprise performance as they seek to book a place to the Mali showpiece.
The winner of this tournament will join Mozambique who emerged champions of the Zone 6 region after defeating Zimbabwe over two games in Maputo earlier this week.