SHEFFIELD (Julio Chitunda's African Message) - In a weeks' time, we will find out if the so-called small teams can cause surprises in the upcoming first round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 African Qualifiers.
It's hard to define small teams in the African basketball context, although those who have struggled to reach the FIBA AfroBasket Quarter-Finals in recent years can be described as such.
In Group A to be staged in the Cameroonian capital, Chad - who replaced South Africa - will go up against the host country, Guinea, and Tunisia.
In Luanda, hosts Angola will compete against Egypt, Morocco, and their neighbors Democratic Republic of Congo.
So, Chad, Guinea and the DR Congo emerge as the dark horses in November's first round of the Qualifiers.
What can they bring to the table? Tenacity and desire to change the course of history. That's the common denominator among these three teams.
Early this year, Chad almost upset the Central Africa Republic in a three-team tournament for the last qualifying ticket for the FIBA AfroBasket. Although they failed automatic qualification for the Finals, they have never given up.
And media reports coming from Ndjamena indicate that Chad - who last competed at FIBA Africa's prime tournament in 2011 - will travel to Yaounde with their most talented group of players.
By Julio Chitunda for FIBA.com