FIBA Africa Championship 2009

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FIBA Africa Championship 2009
25th FIBA Africa Basketball Championship
Official logo of the FIBA Africa Championship 2009
Tournament details
Host nation Libya
Dates August 5 - August 15
Teams 16 (from 53 federations)
Venues (in Benghazi, Tripoli host cities)
Champions  Angola (10th title)
MVP Angola Joaquim Gomes
Tournament statistics
Players Teams
Points Cape Verde Xavier (27.2)  Nigeria (85.4)
Rebounds Rwanda Thomson (11.4)  Senegal (43.1)
Assists Senegal Cisse (6.6)  Angola (16.3)
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The 2009 FIBA Africa Championship (alternatively the FIBA African Championship) was the 25th FIBA Africa Championship, played under the auspices of the Fédération Internationale de Basketball, the basketball sport governing body, and the African zone thereof. At stake were the three berths allocated to Africa in the 2010 FIBA World Championship. The tournament was hosted by Libya after Nigeria, the original host, withdrew from hosting after not conforming to FIBA Africa guidelines.

Angola won its sixth consecutive African championship and tenth overall by beating Côte d'Ivoire 82-72 in the championship game.[1] Tunisia won the bronze medal game over Cameroon to earn its first ever FIBA World Championship berth. Angola, Côte d'Ivoire, and Tunisia move on to represent Africa at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey. Angola's Joaquim Gomes claimed the tournament's Most Valuable Player award for the second consecutive Afrobasket tournament.[2]

Tournament Overview[edit]

Widely considered among the most coveted sporting competitions in Africa, the 2009 FIBA Africa Championship was hosted by Libya from August 5 to August 15, 2009.[3][4] Games were played in Tripoli and Benghazi, with four groups being equally divided between the country’s two largest cities.

It is estimated that over 70 media channels covered the engagements, with the top three positioned squads automatically qualifying to represent the continent for the 2010 World Championship, to be held from August 28 to September 12, in Turkey. This historic event also coincides with ongoing celebratory activities marking the 40th anniversary of Libya's 1 September Revolution (Great Al-Fatih Revolution) which brought Muammar Gaddafi to power, and the tenth anniversary of the Sirte Declaration establishing the African Union (AU) on September 9, 1999.[5][6]

Host Selection Process[edit]

Libya's selection as the host country was decided by the Fédération Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) Executive Committee, approved by the Central Board of FIBA Africa, and officially announced in Tripoli on February 7, 2009. The decision favoring Libya to organize the 25th edition, followed the withdrawal of Nigeria who failed to conform to FIBA Africa guidelines. Signing of the official contract was conducted at a ceremony at Tripoli’s Corinthia Bab Africa Hotel on February 4, 2009, in the presence of Libya’s National Olympic Committee president Mohammad Al-Amariy, Dr. Muhammad Gaddafi, and president of the Libyan Arab Basketball Federation (LBF), Omar El Barshushi.

Before reaching the contract signing stage, and after Nigeria’s withdrawal, an organizing committee was formed by FIBA to investigate the facilities Libya had to offer regarding basketball courts and the possibility of refurbishing sites. At the 4th Session of FIBA-Africa Central Committee meeting in Cairo, Egypt on January 25, 2009, the Libyan organizing committee presented plans and the preparation undertaken in order to successfully host the championships. The Central Board members who also made their recommendations approved the LBF presentation, which has been an FIBA Africa affiliate since 1961, and were described as excellent. The president of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) invited FIBA Africa’s officials in Tripoli to view first hand Libya’s preparations. To this end, before signing the contract between FIBA Africa and LBF, the Secretary General of FIBA Africa, Dr. Alphonse Bilé, the Assistant Secretary General, Adel Tooma and the President of the Commission for Competitions, Raouf Menjour, checked thoroughly the facilities and basketball courts that will serve the event and gave their approval.[7]

Venues[edit]

Two Libyan cities, Benghazi and Tripoli hosted games in the tournament. Benghazi hosted games in Groups A, B, and E. Tripoli hosted games in Groups C, D, and F, in addition to the knockout round games.[8]

Games in Tripoli were held in the African Union Arena, a modern, 7,000 seat arena built in the capital city in 2006.[9] Games in Benghazi were held in the Suliman Ad-Dharrath Arena, part of the Medina al-Riyadhia (Sports City), the city's largest sporting centre. The 10,000 seat arena was built in 1967 and is therefore quite outdated; however, the stadia has undergone maintenance work in recent years.[9]

City Arena Capacity
Benghazi Suliman Ad-Dharrath Arena 10,000
Tripoli African Union Arena 7,000

Qualification[edit]

Participants were sixteen national basketball teams among the 53 FIBA Africa members. These teams included the host nation, the top three sides at the FIBA Africa Championship 2007 in Angola, one wild card, and the top eleven sides at the 2009 Zone preliminary basketball competitions.[10] None of the countries in Qualification Zone 7 registered for the qualifying tournament, so a second wild card was added.[11] 14 of the 16 teams that competed for the 2007 Championship returned, with host Libya and Congo replacing Liberia and DR Congo. The following national teams competed:

Number Team Qualified as Finals Appearance Last Appearance
1  Libya Host 4th 1978
2  Angola 1st place FIBA Africa Championship 2007 16th 2007
3  Cameroon 2nd place FIBA Africa Championship 2007 5th 2007
4  Cape Verde 3rd place FIBA Africa Championship 2007 4th 2007
5  Tunisia Zone 1 Winner 18th 2007
6  Morocco Zone 1 Runner-Up 16th 2007
7  Mali Zone 2 Winner 15th 2007
8  Nigeria Zone 3 Winner 14th 2007
9  Ivory Coast Zone 3 Runner-Up 19th 2007
10  Central African Republic Zone 4 Winner 15th 2007
11  Congo Zone 4 Runner-Up 5th 1985
12  Egypt Zone 5 Winner 19th 2007
13  Rwanda Zone 5 Runner-Up 2nd 2007
14  Mozambique Zone 6 Winner 10th 2007
15  Senegal Wild Card 24th 2007
16  South Africa Wild Card 7th 2007

Format[edit]

A revised format will debut in the 2009 championship:

  • The teams will be divided into four groups (Groups A-D) for the preliminary round.
  • Round robin for the preliminary round; the top three teams from each group advance to the next round.
  • The top three teams from Groups A and B qualify to Eighth Final round Group E; the top three teams from Groups C and D qualify to Eighth Final Group F. The final scores of all games played in the Preliminary Round are valid for the eighth final round, including games against teams that did not advance beyond the preliminary round.
  • The top four teams from each of the Eighth final groups advance to the sudden-death quarterfinals. The quarterfinal match-ups will be:
    • QF1: 1E vs. 4F
    • QF2: 2F vs. 3E
    • QF3: 2E vs. 3F
    • QF4: 1F vs. 4E
  • The winners in the quarterfinals advance to the semifinals. The match-ups are:
    • SF1: QFW1 vs. QFW2
    • SF2: QFW3 vs. QFW4
    • Winners secure an automatic berth to the 2010 World Championship.
  • The semifinal teams will play in the sudden-death finals. The match-ups for the finals are:
    • Bronze medal game: SFL1 vs. SFL2
      • Winner secures an automatic berth to the 2010 World Championship.
    • Gold medal game: SFW1 vs. SFW2
  • Top 3 teams will automatically qualify to the 2010 FIBA World Championship which is held in Turkey.

Squads[edit]

Each of the sixteen teams competing was eligible to field a squad of twelve players for the tournament. Only Cape Verde and host Libya did not take advantage of this limit, as both teams sent an 11-man squad to the competition.[12][13]

Results[edit]

Preliminary Round[edit]

The draw was held on June 26, 2009 in Libya.[14]

Qualified for the quarterfinals
Eliminated in Preliminary Round

All times are in local time UTC+2

Group A[edit]

Group A went according to form, as African powerhouse Nigeria was rarely challenged in the group en route to going undefeated. Côte d'Ivoire grabbed the second eighth final spot out of Group A by winning its last two group games after losing its tournament opener to the Nigerians. Host Libya, making its first tournament appearance since 1978, won its tournament opener over South Africa. This was enough to qualify for the eighth final round as last place South Africa lost its last two games by a combined 85 points.

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 Nigeria 3 3 0 287 214 +73 6
 Ivory Coast 3 2 1 251 214 +37 5
 Libya 3 1 2 233 242 -9 4
 South Africa 3 0 3 178 279 -101 3
August 5
16:00
Ivory Coast  84–93  Nigeria
Scoring by quarter: 14–25, 26–18, 9–22, 35–28
Scoring by half: 40–43, 44–50
Pts: D. Tape 16
Rebs: M. Kone 13
Asts: M. Diabate 7
Pts: M. Efevberha 29
Rebs: G. Muoneke 10
Asts: M. Efevberha 4
August 5
21:30
Libya  88–72  South Africa
Scoring by quarter: 13–18, 18–12, 27–17, 30–25
Scoring by half: 31–30, 57–42
Pts: A. Belgasem 25
Rebs: H. Salem 13
Asts: M. Youssef Ben Elhaj 5
Pts: N. Mothiba 24
Rebs: N. Mothiba 6
Asts: N. Mothiba 2
August 6
16:30
South Africa  49–97  Nigeria
Scoring by quarter: 6-28, 18-23, 13-27, 12-19
Scoring by half: 24-51, 25-46
Pts: C. Gabriel 13
Rebs: F. Mazibuko 6
Asts: 2 tied with 2
Pts: C. Oguchi 20
Rebs: E. Ugboaja 13
Asts: M. Umeh 5
August 6
19:00
Ivory Coast  73–64  Libya
Scoring by quarter: 19-23, 21-14, 13-5, 20-22
Scoring by half: 40-37, 33-27
Pts: E. Craven 16
Rebs: M. Kone 8
Asts: E. Craven 4
Pts: A. Belgasem 21
Rebs: H. Salem 13
Asts: A. Belgasem 3
August 7
14:00
Ivory Coast  94–57  South Africa
Scoring by quarter: 26-15, 22-17, 30-17, 16-8
Scoring by half: 48-32, 46-25
Pts: P. Amagou 18
Rebs: J. Kale 9
Asts: M. Diabate 6
Pts: N. Mothiba 11
Rebs: L. Sibankulu 7
Asts: 4 tied with 2
August 7
19:00
Libya  81–97  Nigeria
Scoring by quarter: 26-23, 23-23, 11-33, 21-18
Scoring by half: 49-46, 32-51
Pts: M. Youssef 19
Rebs: H. Salem 7
Asts: A. Belgasem 4
Pts: M. Efevberha 27
Rebs: G. Muoneke 7
Asts: J. Akognon 6

Group B[edit]

Five-time defending champion Angola surprisingly struggled in its first two games, slipping by Mali by 5 after ending the game on an 8-3 run, and beating Egypt after trailing at the half. Angola again found themselves tied at the half against Mozambique before finally hitting their stride in outscoring their opponents 60-17 in the second half. Mali took control in the second half against Egypt to finish second in the group; both teams advanced by virtue of their victories over last place Mozambique.

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 Angola 3 3 0 251 193 +58 6
 Mali 3 2 1 208 180 +28 5
 Egypt 3 1 2 188 208 -20 4
 Mozambique 3 0 3 166 232 -66 3
August 5
11:00
Mozambique  62–72  Egypt
Scoring by quarter: 15–19, 14–18, 12–26, 21–9
Scoring by half: 29–37, 33–35
Pts: O. Magoliço 18
Rebs: S. Adam 7
Asts: F. Mandlate 3
Pts: A. Fanan 14
Rebs: M. Adly 7
Asts: A. Fanan 4
August 5
13:30
Angola  79–74  Mali
Scoring by quarter: 24–24, 21–14, 21–23, 13–13
Scoring by half: 45–38, 34–36
Pts: J. Gomes 31
Rebs: A. Costa 13
Asts: 2 tied with 3
Pts: A. Sy 19
Rebs: L. Chelle 4
Asts: 3 tied with 2
August 6
14:00
Mali  67–54  Mozambique
Scoring by quarter: 18–17, 18–16, 18-8, 13–13
Scoring by half: 36–33, 31–21
Pts: N. Diakité 17
Rebs: Traore and Diakité 8 each
Asts: L. Chelle 6
Pts: O. Magoliço 11
Rebs: S. Muianga 5
Asts: C. Muchate 3
August 6
21:30
Egypt  69–79  Angola
Scoring by quarter: 23–17, 5–10, 12–26, 29–26
Scoring by half: 28–27, 41–52
Pts: A. Fanan 13
Rebs: M. Khorshid 7
Asts: W. Badr 4
Pts: C. Almeida 17
Rebs: A. Costa 6
Asts: A. Costa 4
August 7
16:30
Egypt  47–67  Mali
Scoring by quarter: 14-17, 15-10, 12-21, 6-19
Scoring by half: 29-27, 18-40
Pts: R. Gunady 9
Rebs: W. Badr 7
Asts: W. Badr 3
Pts: L. Chelle 14
Rebs: A. Sy 10
Asts: L. Chelle 3
August 7
21:30
Angola  93–50  Mozambique
Scoring by quarter: 12-18, 21-15, 22-9, 38-8
Scoring by half: 33-33, 60-17
Pts: E. Mingas 16
Rebs: F. Ambrosio 7
Asts: O. Cipriano 5
Pts: S. Adam 11
Rebs: S. Muianga 7
Asts: C. Muchate 3

Group C[edit]

2005 silver medalists Senegal and 2007 silver medalists Cameroon both cruised to victories in their first two games to qualify for the eighth final round. Senegal won a hard-fought two point victory over Cameroon in the final group game to grab first place in the group. Central African Republic thrashed over-matched Congo 113-61, in what amounted to an elimination game between two 0-2 teams on the last match day, to grab the final eighth final spot out of Group C.

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 Senegal 3 3 0 244 202 +42 6
 Cameroon 3 2 1 214 192 +22 5
 Central African Republic 3 1 2 251 222 +29 4
 Congo 3 0 3 185 278 -93 3
August 5
13:30
Senegal  95–68  Congo
Scoring by quarter: 28-24, 27-21, 25-12, 15-11
Scoring by half: 55-45, 40-23
Pts: B. Ndong 26
Rebs: B. Cisse 10
Asts: B. Cisse 10
Pts: J. Koumba 22
Rebs: J. Koumba 8
Asts: B. Dibessa 4
August 5
16:00
Cameroon  79–69  Central African Republic
Scoring by quarter: 25–8, 18-27, 18–23, 18–11
Scoring by half: 43–35, 36-34
Pts: G Essengué 19
Rebs: H. Nana 8
Asts: C. Makanda 5
Pts: L. Bomayako 17
Rebs: M. Mombollet 7
Asts: Y. Zachée 4
August 6
14:00
Central African Republic  69–82  Senegal
Scoring by quarter: 16-24, 14-19, 19-22, 20-17
Scoring by half: 30-43, 39-39
Pts: R. Sato 30
Rebs: M. Mombollet 7
Asts: M. Kougere 2
Pts: M. Faye 19
Rebs: N. Diop 16
Asts: B. Cisse 7
August 6
16:30
Congo  56–70  Cameroon
Scoring by quarter: 6–25, 15-13, 19-16, 16-16
Scoring by half: 21-38, 35-32
Pts: J. Koumba 19
Rebs: J. Koumba 10
Asts: T. Okobo Itoua 3
Pts: H. Nana 14
Rebs: A. Aboya 10
Asts: P. Bouli 5
August 7
14:00
Congo  61–113  Central African Republic
Scoring by quarter: 17-26, 14-32, 13-35, 17-20
Scoring by half: 31-58, 30-55
Pts: J. Koumba 19
Rebs: R. Kondzy 10
Asts: H. Assoua-Wande 5
Pts: R. Sato 21
Rebs: M. Mombollet 9
Asts: Y. Zachée 5
August 7
19:00
Cameroon  65–67  Senegal
Scoring by quarter: 13-14, 20-25, 12-14, 20-14
Scoring by half: 33-39, 32-28
Pts: B. Vounang 15
Rebs: Y. Mekongo Mbala 6
Asts: J. Ekanga Ehawa 4
Pts: B. Ndong 17
Rebs: N. Diop 15
Asts: B. Cisse 5

Group D[edit]

Group D was the most tightly contested preliminary round group. These games resulted in the most surprising result of this stage of the tournament as defending bronze medalists Cape Verde were eliminated even after their opening victory over Tunisia in spite of the efforts of Jeff Xavier, who would finish as the tournament's leading scorer. Group D also saw one of the best games of the tournament, as Morocco's Mohamad Hachad single-handedly shocked Rwanda when he hit a three-pointer with 29 seconds left, then stole the ball and passed to Yunss Akinocho for a jumper to erase a four-point lead in an 85-84 victory. Tunisia and Morocco both advanced with victories on the final day of group play after no team had clinched a spot in the eighth final coming into the final games. Rwanda also advanced by virtue of its ten point victory over Cape Verde.

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Tie
 Tunisia 3 2 1 224 207 +17 5 1-0
 Morocco 3 2 1 250 265 -15 5 0-1
 Rwanda 3 1 2 218 226 -8 4 1-0
 Cape Verde 3 1 2 221 215 +6 4 0-1
August 5
11:00
Cape Verde  71–52  Tunisia
Scoring by quarter: 15-12, 11-16, 17-12, 28-12
Scoring by half: 26-28, 35-24
Pts: J. Xavier 20
Rebs: M. Houtman 9
Asts: 5 tied with 2
Pts: N. Dhifallah 13
Rebs: A. Rzig 10
Asts: A. Rzig 4
August 5
21:30
Morocco  85–84  Rwanda
Scoring by quarter: 15-19, 14-23, 23-20, 33-22
Scoring by half: 29-42, 56-42
Pts: Z. El Masbahi 37
Rebs: A. Najah 14
Asts: M. Hachad 7
Pts: K. Gasana 31
Rebs: R. Thomson 11
Asts: K. Gasana 5
August 6
19:00
Rwanda  77–67  Cape Verde
Scoring by quarter: 20-25, 12-17, 24-11, 21-14
Scoring by half: 32-42, 45-25
Pts: M. Miller 18
Rebs: R. Thomson 11
Asts: A. Rutayisire 7
Pts: J. Xavier 19
Rebs: R. Mascarenhas 15
Asts: R. Mascarenhas 3
August 6
21:30
Tunisia  98–79  Morocco
Scoring by quarter: 26-21, 26-19, 18-23, 28-16
Scoring by half: 52-40, 46-39
Pts: A. Rzig 20
Rebs: H. Braa 8
Asts: M. Kechrid 5
Pts: M. Hachad 20
Rebs: M. Hachad 6
Asts: M. Hachad 4
August 7
16:30
Cape Verde  83–86  Morocco
Scoring by quarter: 19-19, 24-16, 22-25, 18-26
Scoring by half: 43-35, 40-51
Pts: J. Xavier 32
Rebs: P. Cipriano 13
Asts: J. Xavier 3
Pts: Y. Idrissi 20
Rebs: A. Najah 9
Asts: M. Hachad 4
August 7
21:30
Rwanda  57–74  Tunisia
Scoring by quarter: 15-19, 9-21, 12-26, 21-8
Scoring by half: 24-40, 33-34
Pts: M. Miller 15
Rebs: R. Thomson 18
Asts: 3 tied with 2
Pts: A. Rzig 18
Rebs: A. Rzig 8
Asts: A. Rzig 4

Eighth Final Round[edit]

Group E[edit]

Group E went according to form as defending champion Angola continued its undefeated run in the tournament by dismantling Libya and Côte d'Ivoire in its first two games. Nigeria followed suit, albeit in less than dominating fashion, by slipping by Egypt and Mali to set up a showdown in the final group play match with Angola. Nigeria hung with the defending champions in a hard-fought game that was close the whole way, but the Nigerians could not close the deficit below two in the fourth quarter en route to a 93-85 loss.

Mali coasted to two easy victories over Côte d'Ivoire and Libya to finish third in the group. Côte d'Ivoire pulled away from Egypt in the fourth quarter to grab the final quarterfinal spot of the group. Egypt lost all three games, including a humiliating 75-73 loss to Libya on Raed Elhamali's buzzer beater. This was the first time in 19 appearances at the FIBA Africa Championship that the Egyptians failed to qualify for the semifinals.

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts
 Angola 6 6 0 523 397 +126 12
 Nigeria 6 5 1 533 454 +79 11
 Mali 6 4 2 444 385 +61 10
 Ivory Coast 6 3 3 450 437 +13 9
 Libya 6 2 4 439 501 -62 8
 Egypt 6 1 5 402 450 -48 7
August 9
16:30
Mali  71–58  Ivory Coast
Scoring by quarter: 17-14, 14-10, 20-14, 20-20
Scoring by half: 31-24, 40-34
Pts: W. Coulibaly 16
Rebs: A. Sy 14
Asts: A. Sy 7
Pts: D. Tape 13
Rebs: M. Kone 6
Asts: P. Amagou 6
August 9
19:00
Angola  91–58  Libya
Scoring by quarter: 24-15, 15-15, 27-7, 25-21
Scoring by half: 39-30, 52-28
Pts: C. Morais 20
Rebs: J. Gomes 7
Asts: A. Costa 6
Pts: W. Dawo 15
Rebs: H. Salem 8
Asts: 3 tied with 2
August 9
21:30
Egypt  77–87  Nigeria
Scoring by quarter: 17-19, 22-25, 15-20, 23-23
Scoring by half: 39-44, 38-43
Pts: R. Gunady 16
Rebs: Mohamed and Khorshid 7 each
Asts: W. Badr 5
Pts: G. Muoneke 14
Rebs: A. Akingbala 8
Asts: G. Muoneke 3
August 10
16:30
Ivory Coast  61–88  Angola
Scoring by quarter: 18-24, 18-17, 13-29, 12-18
Scoring by half: 36-41, 25-47
Pts: Tape, Kale, and Kone 9 each
Rebs: J. Kale 5
Asts: M. Diabate 2
Pts: C. Marais 18
Rebs: Mingas and Gomes 7 each
Asts: C. Almeida 4
August 10
19:00
Libya  75–73  Egypt
Scoring by quarter: 13-12, 27-16, 14-24, 21-21
Scoring by half: 40-28, 35-45
Pts: A. Belgasem 23
Rebs: H. Salem 9
Asts: R. Elhamali 3
Pts: A. Sherif 18
Rebs: W. Badr 7
Asts: W. Badr 3
August 10
21:30
Nigeria  74–70  Mali
Scoring by quarter: 20-16, 12-20, 19-20, 23-14
Scoring by half: 32-36, 42-34
Pts: C. Oguchi 13
Rebs: E. Ugboaja 9
Asts: J. Akognon 2
Pts: A. Sy 18
Rebs: A. Sy 8
Asts: A. Sy 4
August 11
16:30
Egypt  64–80  Ivory Coast
Scoring by quarter: 16-19, 16-17, 22-21, 10-23
Scoring by half: 32-36, 32-44
Pts: A. Fanan 18
Rebs: M. Mohamed 8
Asts: T. Moustafa 3
Pts: C. Abouo 15
Rebs: M. Kone 13
Asts: I. N'Diaye 4
August 11
19:00
Mali  95–73  Libya
Scoring by quarter: 13-17, 21-23, 36-8, 25-25
Scoring by half: 34-40, 61-33
Pts: W. Coulibaly 25
Rebs: K. Ouattara 11
Asts: L. Chelle 5
Pts: A. Belgasem 18
Rebs: H. Salem 11
Asts: A. Belgasem 4
August 11
21:30
Angola  93–85  Nigeria
Scoring by quarter: 24-18, 24-24, 20-23, 25-20
Scoring by half: 48-42, 45-48
Pts: E. Mingas 23
Rebs: J. Gomes 8
Asts: A. Costa 8
Pts: G. Muoneke 33
Rebs: G. Muoneke 7
Asts: E. Ere 3

Group F[edit]

Unlike Group E, Group F was filled with back-and-forth matches between all six teams. Day 1 of the group saw plenty of action. Rwanda, making only its second tournament appearance, stunned 24-time participant Senegal, which had been undefeated in group play. Tunisia followed that up with a one-point victory over Central African Republic on Amine Rzig's jumper with four seconds left.

On Day 2, Central African Republic returned to form with a dominating 21-point victory over Rwanda. Senegal was upset yet again when Mouhammad Faye missed two free throws with three seconds left in a 75-73 loss to Morocco. Tunisia again won in dramatic fashion with a 68-66 victory over Cameroon when Parfait Bitee missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Heading into Day 3, only Tunisia had clinched a quarterfinal spot. Senegal rebounded from two consecutive losses to beat Tunisia and steal first place in the group from the Tunisians. Despite losing to Rwanda, Cameroon finished third in the group. Central African Republic beat Morocco to claim the final quarterfinal spot.

Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Tie
 Senegal 6 4 2 449 414 +35 10 1–0
 Tunisia 6 4 2 433 421 +12 10 0–1
 Cameroon 6 3 3 429 396 +33 9 2–1 1–0
 Central African Republic 6 3 3 492 435 +57 9 2–1 0–1
 Morocco 6 3 3 452 499 -47 9 1–2 1–0
 Rwanda 6 3 3 436 439 -3 9 1–2 0–1
August 9
16:30
Morocco  54–80  Cameroon
Scoring by quarter: 8-23, 12-28, 17-16, 17-13
Scoring by half: 20-51, 34-29
Pts: Akinocho and Rhalimi 10 each
Rebs: R. Rhalimi 6
Asts: M. Hachad 7
Pts: J. Ehawa 13
Rebs: A. Aboya 12
Asts: P. Bitee 4
August 9
19:00
Rwanda  72–59  Senegal
Scoring by quarter: 16-16, 18-7, 18-21, 20-15
Scoring by half: 34-23, 38-36
Pts: K. Gasana 18
Rebs: R. Thomson 8
Asts: M. Miller 5
Pts: B. Ndong 21
Rebs: B. Ndong 10
Asts: B. Ndong 3
August 9
21:30
Tunisia  76–75  Central African Republic
Scoring by quarter: 20-24, 19-12, 18-22, 19-17
Scoring by half: 39-36, 37-39
Pts: A. Rzig 18
Rebs: M. Hdidane 5
Asts: M. Hdidane 3
Pts: R. Sato 18
Rebs: R. Sato 9
Asts: D. Damachoua 2
August 10
16:30
Central African Republic  85–64  Rwanda
Scoring by quarter: 22-15, 16-16, 32-13, 15-20
Scoring by half: 38-31, 47-33
Pts: R. Sato 30
Rebs: R. Sato 10
Asts: Y. Zachee 4
Pts: C. Mugabo 14
Rebs: R. Thomson 8
Asts: 2 tied with 2
August 10
19:00
Senegal  73–75  Morocco
Scoring by quarter: 14-18, 20-14, 8-20, 31-23
Scoring by half: 34-32, 39-43
Pts: M. Faye 18
Rebs: B. Ndong 12
Asts: E. Pene 7
Pts: M. Hachad 18
Rebs: M. Hachad 13
Asts: M. Hachad 4
African Union Arena, Tripoli
Attendance: 1,500
August 10
21:30
Cameroon  66–68  Tunisia
Scoring by quarter: 21-21, 11-18, 15-8, 19-21
Scoring by half: 32-39, 34-29
Pts: G. Essengue 14
Rebs: P. Bouli 6
Asts: 3 tied with 2
Pts: A. Rzig 17
Rebs: A. Rzig 6
Asts: M. Lahmar 3
August 11
16:30
Morocco  73–81  Central African Republic
Scoring by quarter: 16-26, 21-20, 15-18, 21-17
Scoring by half: 37-46, 36-35
Pts: Y. Idrissi 15
Rebs: M. Hachad 6
Asts: M. Hachad 6
Pts: R. Sato 25
Rebs: R. Sato 17
Asts: M. Kougere 3
August 11
19:00
Rwanda  82–69  Cameroon
Scoring by quarter: 9-18, 20-14, 18-9, 35-28
Scoring by half: 29-32, 53-37
Pts: K. Gasana 24
Rebs: R. Thomson 9
Asts: K. Gasana 6
Pts: H. Nana 12
Rebs: G. Essengue 8
Asts: J. Ehawa 5
August 11
21:30
Tunisia  65–73  Senegal
Scoring by quarter: 19-17, 15-15, 16-22, 15-19
Scoring by half: 34-32, 31-41
Pts: M. Hdidane 14
Rebs: H. Braa 7
Asts: M. Hdidane 3
Pts: B. Ndong 18
Rebs: B. Ndong 9
Asts: B. Cisse 8

Knockout Round[edit]

The knockout stage was a single-elimination tournament involving the eight teams that qualified by finishing in the top four of their group in the eighth final stage of the tournament. There were three rounds of matches, with each round eliminating half of the teams entering that round. The successive rounds were: quarter-finals, semi-finals, final. There was also a play-off to decide third/fourth place. Each finalist and the winner of the third place game would qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
         
  Angola  84
 
  Central African Republic  63  
  Angola  79
 
    Tunisia  69  
  Mali  73
 
  Tunisia  74  
  Angola  82
 
    Ivory Coast  72
  Nigeria  80
 
  Cameroon  84  
  Cameroon  61 Third place
 
    Ivory Coast  68  
  Ivory Coast  84   Tunisia  83
  Senegal  78     Cameroon  68
 

Quarterfinals[edit]

In the first game of the quarterfinals, Angola closed the third quarter on a 23-6 run en route to an 84-63 victory after Central African Republic had tied the game at 43 early in the second half. The Angolans qualified for the semifinals for the 14th consecutive Afrobasket tournament. Tunisia won a thriller over Mali 74-73 when Mali star Amara Sy missed the second of two free throws with one second on the clock. In the third quarterfinal, Cameroon never trailed in the second half to stun Nigeria, whose only previous loss had come at the hands of Angola. Group E fourth-place finisher Côte d'Ivoire followed the previous game with a shocker of their own in beating Group F first place Senegal. The Ivorians dominated the beginning and end of the game after the team jumped out to a 16-2 first half lead and closed the game on a 16-6 run en route to a six point victory.

August 13
14:00
Angola  84–63  Central African Republic
Scoring by quarter: 30-21, 12-12, 24-16, 18-14
Scoring by half: 42-33, 42-30
Pts: J. Gomes 29
Rebs: J. Gomes 9
Asts: A. Costa 8
Pts: R. Sato 14
Rebs: R. Sato 8
Asts: R. Koundjia 2
August 13
16:30
Mali  73–74  Tunisia
Scoring by quarter: 15-15, 17-16, 17-20, 24-23
Scoring by half: 32-31, 41-43
Pts: A. Sy 21
Rebs: K. Ouattara 6
Asts: Chelle and Sy 4 each
Pts: A. Rzig 18
Rebs: S. Mejri 9
Asts: N. Knioua 4
August 13
19:00
Nigeria  80–84  Cameroon
Scoring by quarter: 23-26, 17-20, 16-20, 24-18
Scoring by half: 40-46, 40-38
Pts: M. Efevberha 24
Rebs: A. Akingbala 8
Asts: G. Muoneke 3
Pts: G. Essengue 17
Rebs: H. Nana 8
Asts: P. Bitee 7
August 13
21:00
Ivory Coast  84–78  Senegal
Scoring by quarter: 24-14, 24-22, 17-28, 19-14
Scoring by half: 48-36, 36-42
Pts: P. Amagou 15
Rebs: M. Kone 10
Asts: M. Diabate 6
Pts: M. Faye 22
Rebs: B. Ndong 9
Asts: B. Cisse 9

Semifinals[edit]

In the semifinals, Tunisia hung with the powerhouse Angolans for much of the game. The Tunisians never trailed by more than eleven in the fourth quarter but could not cut the deficit lower than five en route to a ten point loss. In a match-up between the two teams that pulled quarterfinal upsets, Côte d'Ivoire continued its Cinderella run with a victory over Cameroon. The Ivorians closed the game on an 8-0 run in the final two minutes to turn a 61-60 deficit into a 68-61 victory to qualify for the team's first FIBA Africa Championship final since 1985.

August 14
19:00
Angola  79–69  Tunisia
Scoring by quarter: 16-13, 19-16, 21-17, 23-23
Scoring by half: 35-29, 44-40
Pts: J. Gomes 18
Rebs: E. Mingas 7
Asts: A. Costa 6
Pts: A. Rzig 19
Rebs: S. Mejri 7
Asts: M. Hdidane 3
August 14
21:30
Cameroon  61–68  Ivory Coast
Scoring by quarter: 13-11, 10-20, 24-15, 14-22
Scoring by half: 23-31, 38-37
Pts: C. Makanda 13
Rebs: G. Essengue 6
Asts: P. Bitee 4
Pts: D. Tape 15
Rebs: M. Kone 10
Asts: M. Diabate 6

Third-place playoff[edit]

In a game that would decide the third and final African qualifier for the 2010 FIBA World Championship, Tunisia never trailed in winning the bronze medal game over Cameroon in dominating fashion. Tunisian star and All-Tournament First Team selection Amine Rzig scored a game-high 20 points.

August 15
17:30
Tunisia  83–68  Cameroon
Scoring by quarter: 22-13, 18-18, 16-19, 27-18
Scoring by half: 40-31, 43-37
Pts: A. Rzig 20
Rebs: M. Ghyaza 5
Asts: A. Rzig 5
Pts: C. Makanda 18
Rebs: Y. Mekongo Mbala 8
Asts: P. Bitee 4

Final[edit]

Angola won its sixth consecutive African championship after withstanding a valiant challenge from the upstart Côte d'Ivoire team. Côte d'Ivoire took a surprising one-point lead into the half and kept the game close through the second half as the eventual 10-point margin of victory matched Angola's biggest lead in the game.

August 15
20:00
Angola  82–72  Ivory Coast
Scoring by quarter: 15-19, 19-16, 24-19, 24-18
Scoring by half: 34-35, 48-37
Pts: C. Morais 21
Rebs: J. Gomes 16
Asts: A. Costa 4
Pts: P. Amagou 18
Rebs: M. Kone 7
Asts: P. Amagou 4

Classification Round[edit]

5th-8th places[edit]

In the consolation bracket for quarterfinal losers, Central African Republic continued its strong run in the tournament following an 0-2 start in beating Mali 80-74. In a match-up that most expected would take place in the semifinals, Nigeria regained its preliminary round form in dismantling Senegal in the second game.

Nigeria grabbed fifth place over the Central Africans in an uneventful game. Senegal defeated Mali in the seventh place game to end a disappointing tournament with a 5-4 record after starting the tournament 3-0.

Semi-finals Fifth place
  Central African Republic  80  
  Mali  74  
 
      Central African Republic  71
    Nigeria  80
Seventh place
  Nigeria  76   Mali  63
  Senegal  58     Senegal  74
August 14
14:00
Central African Republic  80–74  Mali
Scoring by quarter: 20-18, 8-17, 13-18, 39-21
Scoring by half: 28-35, 52-39
Pts: M. Kougere 30
Rebs: R. Koundjia 9
Asts: R. Koundjia 4
Pts: A. Sy 17
Rebs: A. Sy 6
Asts: A. Sy 3
August 14
19:00
Nigeria  76–58  Senegal
Scoring by quarter: 16-19, 28-12, 15-9, 17-18
Scoring by half: 44-31, 32-27
Pts: C. Oguchi 17
Rebs: E. Ugboaja 9
Asts: E. Ugboaja 4
Pts: M. Faye 16
Rebs: P. Sow 10
Asts: B. Cisse 4
August 15
12:30
Mali  63–74  Senegal
Scoring by quarter: 13-26, 17-12, 17-20, 16-16
Scoring by half: 30-38, 33-36
Pts: A. Sy 22
Rebs: L. Chelle 8
Asts: A. Sy 4
Pts: M. Faye 16
Rebs: P. Sow 15
Asts: E. Pene 4
August 15
15:00
Central African Republic  71–80  Nigeria
Scoring by quarter: 15-24, 18-23, 16-18, 22-15
Scoring by half: 33-47, 38-33
Pts: L. Bomayako 21
Rebs: D. Damachoua 9
Asts: Y. Zachee 6
Pts: M. Efevberha 18
Rebs: A. Akingbala 8
Asts: J. Obazuaye 4

9th-12th places[edit]

In the consolation bracket for eighth final losers, surprising Rwanda continued its strong run in its second ever Afrobasket tournament by finishing ninth and improving on last year's twelve place finish. Egypt finished tenth with a 2-6 record, by far its worst performance in a FIBA Africa Championship. The host Libyans finished in a strong eleventh place for a team making its first appearance in an Afrobasket tournament since 1978 on the strength of Hesham Ali Salem's 25-point, 14-rebound performance in the eleventh place game.

Semi-finals Ninth place
  Morocco  62  
  Egypt  88  
 
      Egypt  75
    Rwanda  78
Eleventh place
  Libya  77   Morocco  76
  Rwanda  80     Libya  80
August 13
16:30
Egypt  88–62  Morocco
Scoring by quarter: 21-17, 24-8, 16-18, 27-19
Scoring by half: 45-25, 43-37
Pts: A. Fanan 23
Rebs: M. Khorshid 10
Asts: T. Moustafa 5
Pts: S. Rafai 14
Rebs: M. Houari 5
Asts: A. Najah 2
August 13
19:00
Libya  77–80  Rwanda
Scoring by quarter: 25-18, 18-22, 19-23, 15-17
Scoring by half: 43-40, 34-40
Pts: M. Mrsal 24
Rebs: H. Salem 11
Asts: M. Youssef 7
Pts: K. Gasana 24
Rebs: R. Thomson 12
Asts: R. Thomson 2
August 14
16:30
Rwanda  78–75  Egypt
Scoring by quarter: 27-22, 12-19, 23-22, 16-12
Scoring by half: 39-41, 39-34
Pts: R. Thomson 19
Rebs: R. Thomson 14
Asts: K. Gasana 6
Pts: W. Badr 17
Rebs: M. Khorshid 10
Asts: W. Badr 4
August 14
19:00
Libya  80–76  Morocco
Scoring by quarter: 23-18, 19-20, 23-15, 15-23
Scoring by half: 42-38, 38-38
Pts: H. Salem 25
Rebs: H. Salem 14
Asts: Mrsal and Ben Elhaj 6 each
Pts: Y. Idrissi 18
Rebs: A. Najah 8
Asts: Z. El Masbahi 6

13th-16th places[edit]

In the consolation bracket for opening round losers, Cape Verde finally showed the form that won them the bronze medal at the FIBA Africa Championship 2007 in destroying Congo and Mozambique by 37 and 33 points, respectively. Against Congo, Cape Verde star Jeff Xavier scored a tournament-high 38 points. Mozambique slipped by South Africa 69-67 to grab its only win of the tournament en route to a 14th place finish. In the 15th place game, South Africa claimed its only victory of the tournament and sent the over-matched Congo team home winless.

Semi-finals Thirteenth place
  South Africa  67  
  Mozambique  69  
 
      Mozambique  61
    Cape Verde  94
Fifteenth place
  Congo  63   South Africa  81
  Cape Verde  100     Congo  65
August 9
11:30
South Africa  67–69  Mozambique
Scoring by quarter: 5-17, 19-17, 23-18, 20-17
Scoring by half: 24-34, 43-35
Pts: N. Mothiba 20
Rebs: C. Gabriel 17
Asts: K. Letsebe 2
Pts: O. Magoliço 17
Rebs: O. Magoliço 9
Asts: G. Novela 3
August 9
14:00
Congo  63–100  Cape Verde
Scoring by quarter: 15-19, 12-14, 10-33, 26-34
Scoring by half: 27-33, 36-67
Pts: J. Koumba 18
Rebs: R. Kondzy 8
Asts: B. Dibessa 4
Pts: J. Xavier 38
Rebs: R. Mascarenhas 9
Asts: J. Xavier 5
August 10
11:30
South Africa  81–65  Congo
Scoring by quarter: 19-16, 26-5, 18-24, 18-20
Scoring by half: 45-21, 36-44
Pts: K. Letsebe 17
Rebs: N. Mothiba 9
Asts: K. Letsebe 5
Pts: B. Dibessa 19
Rebs: C. Djio 8
Asts: B. Dibessa 4
August 10
14:00
Mozambique  61–94  Cape Verde
Scoring by quarter: 17-21, 18-20, 7-35, 19-18
Scoring by half: 35-41, 26-53
Pts: C. Muchate 16
Rebs: C. Muchate 9
Asts: L. Barros 2
Pts: J. Xavier 27
Rebs: M. Neves 11
Asts: J. Xavier 5

Final standings[edit]

Qualified for 2010 FIBA World Championships
Rank Team Record
1  Angola 9 - 0
2  Ivory Coast 5 - 4
3  Tunisia 6 - 3
4  Cameroon 4 - 5
5  Nigeria 7 - 2
6  Central African Republic 4 - 5
7  Senegal 5 - 4
8  Mali 4 - 5
9  Rwanda 5 - 3
10  Egypt 2 - 6
11  Libya 3 - 5
12  Morocco 3 - 5
13  Cape Verde 3 - 2
14  Mozambique 1 - 4
15  South Africa 1 - 4
16  Congo 0 - 5
1st
2nd
3rd
 Angola
Olimpio Cipriano
Armando Costa
Carlos Morais
Domingos Bonifacio
Luis Costa
Leonel Paulo
Joaquim Gomes
Adolfo Quimbamba
Felizardo Ambrosio
Carlos Almeida
Filipe Abraao
Eduardo Mingas
Coach: Luís Magalhães
 Ivory Coast
Pape-Philippe Amagou
Errick Craven
Charles-Noe Abouo
Issife Soumahoro
Kinidinnin Konate
Mouloukou Diabate
Ismael N'Diaye
Wilfrid Aka
Jonathan Kale
Didier Eric Tape
Namori Meite
Mohamed Kone
Coach: Randoald Dessarzin
 Tunisia
Mokhtar Ghyaza
Marouen Lahmar
Nizar Knioua
Naim Dhifallah
Marouan Kechrid
Mohamed Hdidane
Atef Maoua
Makrem Ben Romdhane
Anis Hedidane
Amine Rzig
Hamdi Braa
Salah Mejri
Coach: Adel Tlatli

Awards[edit]

 FIBA Africa Championship 2009 Winners 

Angola
Tenth title
Most Valuable Player
Angola Joaquim Gomes "Kikas"

Statistical leaders[edit]

Individual Tournament Highs[edit]

Individual Game highs[edit]

Department Name Total Opponent
Points Cape Verde Jeff Xavier 38  Congo
Rebounds Rwanda Robert Thomson 18  Tunisia
Assists Senegal Babacar Cisse 10  Congo
Steals Ivory Coast Mouloukou Diabate
Cape Verde Jeff Xavier
7  South Africa
 Congo
Blocks 8 tied with 4
Field goal percentage Angola Joaquim Gomes 100% (12/12)  Mali
3-point field goal percentage Angola Eduardo Mingas 100% (4/4)  Nigeria
Free throw percentage Central African Republic Romain Sato 100% (10/10)  Rwanda
Turnovers Mali Amara Sy 9  Ivory Coast

Team Tournament Highs[edit]

Team Game highs[edit]

Department Name Total Opponent
Points  Central African Republic 113  Congo
Rebounds  Senegal 55  Congo
Assists  Central African Republic
 Mali
24  Congo
 Libya
Steals  Angola
 Ivory Coast
 Nigeria
18  Libya
 South Africa
 Cameroon
Blocks  Senegal 9  Congo
Field goal percentage  Egypt 60.9%  Mozambique
3-point field goal percentage  Libya 83.3%  Egypt
Free throw percentage  Cameroon 91.7%  Tunisia
Turnovers  South Africa 31  Ivory Coast

All-Tournament Teams[edit]

The following players were voted to the All-Tournament teams by journalists and experts in attendance at the tournament:[2][26]

First team[edit]

Ivory Coast Pape-Philippe Amagou
Senegal DeSagana Diop
Angola Joaquim Gomes (Tournament MVP)
Tunisia Amine Rzig
Central African Republic Romain Sato

Second Team[edit]

Angola Eduardo Mingas
Angola Carlos Morais
Senegal Boniface Ndong
Libya Hesham Ali Salem
Cape Verde Jeff Xavier

Third Team[edit]

Senegal Babacar Cisse
Angola Armando Costa
Nigeria Michael Efevberha
Cameroon Gaston Essengue
Senegal Mouhammad Faye
Rwanda Robert Thomson

Notes[edit]

External links[edit]

See also[edit]