FIBA Africa Zone 3 qual­i­fiers hold in Benin

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The FIBA Africa Zone 3 quali­fy­ing tour­na­ment for Men and Women has been con­firmed for Cotonou, the Re­pub­lic of Benin, fol­low­ing the ac­cep­tance of the Fed­er­a­tion Beni­noise de Bas­ket­ball to stage the event billed for Novem­ber 4 - 12, 2015.

Pres­i­dent of the FIBA Africa Zone 3 ex­ec­u­tive board, Col Sam Ahmedu (rtd), who con­firmed the date over the week­end, stated that the event will hold in Cotonou, Benin Re­pub­lic.

Ahmedu ex­pressed hap­pi­ness that a fed­er­a­tion even­tu­ally picked the host­ing for the elim­i­na­tions, stress­ing that the Zone would have lost the slots al­lo­cated to its teams in the fi­nals proper billed for An­gola.

He stated that the Zone Quali­fy­ing Tour­na­ments for the FIBA Africa Cham­pi­ons Cup 2015 (men & women) were slated for the month of Oc­to­ber, 2015.

“FIBA Africa sent the req­ui­site Forms for Na­tional Fed­er­a­tions to bid to host their re­spec­tive zonal qual­i­fiers. While other FIBA Africa Zones, through one of their Na­tional Fed­er­a­tions, have con­cluded their Zonal Qual­i­fiers, de­spite ver­bal prom­ises from some clubs and na­tional fed­er­a­tions in our zone, none of­fered to host th­ese tour­na­ments as at 13th Oc­to­ber, 2015.”

“But Benin Bas­ket­ball Fed­er­a­tion have of­fered to host the male and fe­male qual­i­fiers for the Zone un­der FIBA Zone 3 su­per­vi­sion. The Qual­i­fiers (male and fe­male) will jointly take place in Cotonou from 4th - 12th Novem­ber, 2015.”

Em­manuel Amuneke

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