Togo National Basketball Federation President André Goungou has expressed excitement at hosting the first-ever edition of the FIBA 3×3 Africa Cup will take place in Lomé, Togo on November 3-5 2017 saying “We are proud and honored to become the first national federation to host the FIBA 3×3 Africa Cup”,
He said it is a great satisfaction for us to have the first edition of the FIBA 3×3 Africa Cup and to bring it to Togo,” FIBA First Vice-President and FIBA 3×3 Advisor Board Chairman Hamane Niang told FIBA.basketball.“This is a formidable chance for the best teams in Africa to start preparing for the goal to play at the FIBA 3×3 World Cup and in just 3 years at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” Niang continued.
The 12 men’s teams have been seeded in 4 pools of 3 and the 10 women’s teams in 2 pools of 5 according to the FIBA 3×3 Federation Ranking.In the men’s category, the top 2 teams from each pool will advance to the knock-out rounds, which start at the quarter-finals stage.
Egypt will be the team to beat in the men’s category since they’re the only African team to ever play at the FIBA 3×3 World Cup (3 appearances in 2012, 2016 and 2017).
In the women’s category, the top 2 teams from each pool will also make it to the knock-out rounds, but starting directly with the semi-finals.Uganda will be the favorite in the women’s category after shining at the FIBA 3×3 World Cup 2014 and developing their young talents through their participation in the FIBA 3×3 Fast Track program