Kenyan women eye on Olympic ticket ahead of AfroBasket C'ship

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-06 23:56:20|Editor: huaxia
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NAIROBI, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Kenya returns to Dakar, Senegal for the FIBA Women's AfroBasket championship after 26 years aiming to win the ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

In 1993, head coach Ronnie Owino led Kenya to the city to get the ticket to the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 1994 in Australia.

This year, Kenya come into the tournament as the lowest ranked team pooled in a tricky Group D with 2017 bronze medalists Mozambique and Cape Verde, who return to the stage for the first time since 2013.

"Our objective would be to be in the top six teams this year and improve our 10th position finish in 2013," said Owino on Tuesday in Nairobi. "We also have a chance to fight for the sole Olympic ticket at stake."

The tournament, which has attracted 12 teams, will run from August 10-18. The top teams in four groups will advance to the quarterfinals, with teams ranked second and third playing qualification round for the last eight.

The teams qualified for the Dakar showdown include reigning champions Nigeria, hosts Senegal, Mali, Mozambique, Cote d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Angola, Egypt, Tunisia, Cape Verde, Kenya and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Both Kenya and DRC qualified through wild card invitations. Enditem