- Senegal pulled out of its hosting rights due to logistics and administrative reasons
- Ivory Coast hosts a major FIBA Tournament since the AfroBasket 2013
The last two spots available for African countries for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 in China will be determined next month in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
FIBA Africa’s decision came after original hosts Senegal earlier this month pulled out of its hosting rights due to logistics and administrative reasons.
With the decision, Abidjan becomes the eighth African city – after Maputo, Dakar, Luanda, Lagos, Tunis, Cairo and Yaounde – to play hosts of the 16-nation African Qualifiers.
Window 6 marks the first time the West African nation welcomes a major FIBA tournament since the AfroBasket 2013, which served as a qualifier for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2014 in Spain.
Next month’s qualifiers closes a FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 qualifying campaign which began in November 2017, and, so far, it has seen Nigeria, Tunisia and Angola claim the first three tickets for Africa for the 32-nation China 2019 showdown.