African Basketball: The African Championship of Nations begins

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The African Championship of  Nations known as “AfroBasket” since 2005 is the flagship competition of the International Basketball Federation’s African Regional Office.  The biggest basketball tournament is under way in Tunisia, after a venue change due to security concerns. Afrobasket 2015 is being held in Rades, on the outskirts of the capital Tunis, having moved from the coast after two deadly attacks on tourists this year.

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The first edition of the championship was held in 1962 in Cairo, Egypt and saw the host country claim the first continental title. While that inaugural event featured five participating teams, it has since grown to gather the 16 best nations of the African continent since 2007. To date, Angola has won the most titles, triumphing 11 times in 27 editions. Egypt and Senegal both have five titles to their credit. The AfroBasket is held every two years and brings together the best African players who compete in the world’s leading basketball leagues. The 28th edition that will take place from 19-30 August in Tunisia. It is the third time that the country hosts the event, having previously done so in 1965 and 1987.

AfroBasket 2015 serves as a qualifier for the 2016 Olympics, with the winning team booking its places for the Rio de Janeiro Games.

Here are the fixtures to this years tournament :

Group A

CAF
Nigeria
Tunisia
Uganda

Group B

Angola
Morocco
Mozambique
Senegal

Group C

Cameroon
Egypt
Gabon
Mali

Group D

Algeria
Cape Verde
Cote d’Ivoire
Zimbabwe

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