Following its recent agreement with FIBA, StarTimes announces it will broadcast its first basketball tournaments, FIBA Women’s AfroBasket and men’s AfroBasket 2017.From August 18thto 27th, Mali will host the 23rd AfroBasket Women. 12 teams will compete to win the continental title.
Then from September 6th to 18th, FIBA AfroBasket 2017,the continent's flagship basketball event, will take place in Senegal's capital city of Dakar and the Tunisia's capital of Tunis.
Aldrine Nsubuga Snr, StarTimes Marketing VP, said: “We are excited to broadcast live FIBA women and men Afrobasket2017 which are our first events since acquiring exclusive broadcasting rights of FIBA international tournaments. Basketball fans countrywide should get ready to enjoy the best of FIBA tournaments starting with the AfroBasket for men and women that will be Sengal and Mali respectively.”
FIBA Women’s Afrobasket 2017 teams are expected to fight tooth and nails. Favorite teams all have something to prove. Hosts Mali want to win the title after their defeat at home in 2011. Senegal will defend their 2015 title. And Angola want to show that they are African best team after winning the tournament in 2011 and 2013.
FIBA AfroBasket will see African champions Nigeria look forward to retaining their first continental title. Angola will be looking for revenge after thelast edition where they lost in the final. Cameroon will seek to equal or even better their performance at the FIBA AfroBasket 2007 where they finished second. And Cote d’Ivoire are leaving nothing to chance in their bid to storm the tournament.
These two tournaments will be broadcasted live and exclusive on the StarTimes Sport Premium channel.
“Fans should expect a lot of surprises in the women’s tournament since the stakes are high as teams will battle for the ticket to 2018FIBA World Cup,” Nsubuga added.