In the spotlight: kick off for Afrobasket 2021

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The 30th edition of the African Basketball Championship begins on Tuesday in Kigali. “Rwanda is organizing this flagship competition for the first time,” he said Africa Point, after hosting the African League Basketball in May last year. At the end of the Olympic Games, for which Nigeria was the only African representative, the competition promises to be open with several teams that can give hope of final victory. “

First and foremost, Nigeria, which “will have a lot to do to maintain its favorite rank and win the 2021 edition,” notes Le Point Afrique. Faced with Ivory Coast, 4th in the African rankings, after participating in the recent World Cup and author of a clear round during the qualifiers, in Kenya and Mali, the D-Tigers must calm down and be calm in the beginning. “

Another challenger: Tunisia, “outgoing African champion and also winner of 2011, Tunisia is attacking the competition with only one ambition: the defense of its title.”

Angola, for its part, has certainly been “champion 11 times (including 6 times in a row between 1999 and 2009), Le Point Afrique recalls, but it may no longer be among the top favorites.” After all, she wants to prove that she is still a benchmark in African basketball. “

Senegal 24 years later Finally a serious contender for the title: Senegal. “Only three under Afrobasket coordinated on its land, Senegal, a five-time African champion, is approaching the competition with the intention of finishing in a higher step than 2017.”

“The Lions are looking for a lost title, for 24 years,” exclaims WalfQuotidien. “The Senegalese national team, which has not won the Continental Cup since 1997, is the favorite part of this competition,” Dakar confirms daily, with the players at their disposal. But it will have to fight hard with the continent’s big names like the defending champion, Tunisia, Nigeria, Egypt and Angola, the continent’s most successful team in this tournament. ”

“Why has Senegal not won Afrobasket in more than two decades?” Asks the daily 24 Heures. This is the question that comes up all the time when analyzing one of the largest nations on the African continent. “And it’s still a mystery …

In any case, “sharing Group D – one of the toughest in the competition – with South Sudan, Uganda and Cameroon, a successful entry into the tournament will be fundamental (for Senegal) to dream of a new coronation.”

Covid-19: Tanzanians still reluctant to vaccinate … Also read this morning in the press, this survey of The world Africa on the management of Covid in Tanzania.

“In Tanzania, the denial remains in the face of the coronavirus epidemic,” the newspaper writes. “Are you going to get vaccinated against the coronavirus? Most Tanzanians still do not want to hear about it. Their country was one of the last in the world – along with Madagascar, Haiti and Burundi – to enter the vaccination route. Only Eritrea and North Korea, two of the “The most closed states in the world are still against it. Results: one month after the start of the campaign, which is mainly open to people over the age of 50 and health professionals, only 220,000 Tanzanians out of 59.7 million are vaccinated.”

Admittedly, the situation has improved, states Le Monde Afrique, “since the death of President Magufuli,” covidosceptic “, the authorities have changed their minds but are fighting to persuade the population to get vaccinated. (…) On July 28, Tanzania’s President Samia Suhulu Hassan took “In order to get her injection of Johnson & Johnson in front of the cameras. As” president and commander-in-chief of the Tanzanian armies (…), she explained, encourage her most skeptical citizens, but who will probably be late. ”

West Africa under threat of Ebola The Ebola virus is finally talking about it again in West Africa. A young Guinean tested positive for the Ebola virus in Abidjan, with dozens of contact cases in Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire, a suspected case in Guinea … So, WakatSera asks: “Are we witnessing the great comeback of Ebola in West Africa, while the fight against Covid-19 is raging? Nothing is less certain,” answers the Burkinabè site, the critical threshold is far from exceeded. “But” the fear of an epidemic is justified and growing “African borders are recognized for their legendary porosity.”


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