Bragging rights on the line as Egypt and Cote d’Ivoire faceoff


As the curtain falls on the opening window of Group D at the 2025 FIBA AfroBasket Qualifiers, a tale of two teams chasing an unbeaten run and two others seeking redemption unfolds on the court.

Hosts Egypt, led by coach Henrik Rödl, find themselves at the pinnacle of Group D, boasting two impressive wins and a home-court advantage that has fueled their high levels of team chemistry. The Egyptian squad, ranked 31st worldwide, braces for a clash against Cote d’Ivoire, the reigning silver medalists from the 2021 AfroBasket edition. Coach John Douaglin’s Ivorians, eager to prove their worth, face a tough challenge against a determined Egyptian side.

Egypt’s skipper, Haytham Khalifa, emphasized the need to stop the talented Ivorian players and expressed confidence in their ability to secure a victory. The inclusion of young talent like Karim Elgizawy, combined with the seasoned experience of players from the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup, adds depth to Egypt’s lineup.

On the other side of the court, Cote d’Ivoire guards Assemian Moulare’s optimism for a win against Egypt resonates with coach Douaglin’s acknowledgment of the tough match-up. Both teams, having played in the World Cup and AfroBasket, enter the contest with a shared determination to maintain an unbeaten record in Group D.

Meanwhile, Central Africa Republic (CAF) aims to clinch their first victory against Madagascar, a team seeking redemption after a winless start. The clash promises an intriguing battle between Madagascar’s three-point shooting prowess and CAF’s experience, led by Max Kouguere. Coach Alphonse Ravonimbola hopes to turn the tide for Madagascar, while Sylvain Lautie, captaining CAF, is determined to lead his team to glory.

As Group D’s window one concludes, the arena buzzes with anticipation, leaving fans eager to witness who will emerge with the bragging rights in this tightly contested group.

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