Top 5 reasons to follow the FIBA 3x3 Africa Cup 2017 (Men's edition)

3 Nov 2017

LOME (FIBA 3X3 Africa Cup 2017) - The FIBA 3x3 Africa Cup 2017 gets underway in Lome, Togo on Friday and we give you 5 reasons to cancel all your other appointments and watch the event.

At 1,Top on the list is that the event is coming here big for the very first time. This means that the African continent is bringing together the best basketball national teams in one place such as Egypt and Mali in addition to several emerging nations.

At 2, the host Nation, Togo is making a big statement in getting the hosting right from FIBA. The country parades US based Jimmy Williams. The 31 year-old Williams is a US-born Togolese professional basketball player. He currently plays for the Maghreb de Fes club in the Nationale 1 league in Morocco. Williams last played for his country at the FIBA AfroBasket 2011 in Antananarivo, Madagascar, where he was Togo’s top scorer.

At 3, Nigeria comes to town with two members of the Silver winning team at the AfroBasket 2017 in Tunisia in Azuoma Dike who is also one of the country’s top point earners having played at several 3x3 competitions all around the six geopolitical zones as well as Abdul Yahaya. Both of them hold the key for Nigeria’s performance at the end of the day and this was evident in Nigeria’s shock of Africa despite the absence of more than 95% of the team that won the FIBA AfroBasket 2015.

At 4, Egypt comes to the party with loads of experience to the event. They have represented the African continent to FIBA 3x3 World Cup 3 times and have learnt from many teams the tricks of the game at both the senior and U18 levels.

At 5, it remains to be said that Uganda cannot be shoved aside with a wave of the hand. They also like Egypt have experience at the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup. Earlier this year, the Eastern-Africans made history when they competed for the first-time ever at the FIBA 3x3 U18 World Cup in Chengdu, China.The teenagers were the first male players from Uganda to compete at any FIBA sanctioned World event.