CAIRO (FIBA AfroBasket 2017) - Egypt and Uganda on Saturday will face off in the Final of the FIBA AfroBasket Zone 5 qualifier in Cairo.
The two sides on Friday secured the two tickets on offer for Africa Zone 5 teams for the FIBA AfroBasket 2017 Final Round in Congo-Brazzaville in August (19-30).
Eight Egypt players scored 10 points or more while Burundi had in Guibert Nijimbere their leading scorer with 20 points. Despite Nijimbere's heroics the Eastern African - who began their Group B run with an encouraging 96-83 win over Somalia - conceded their second defeat in three games.
The tournament hosts never trailed, took a comfortable 66-28 half-time led, and it came as no surprise that led by as many as 68 points.
Uganda's triumph over Rwanda represents a major statement of their dominance in East Africa. They will be playing in the 16-team FIBA AfroBasket for the second straight time while Rwanda last appeared in the event four years ago.
Rwanda's Kami Kabangu came up strong with team-highs 18 points and 7 rebounds, but Stephen Omwony's 15 points and 5 rebounds proved crucial for Uganda.
The last time Egypt and Uganda met in the FIBA AfroBasket Zone 5 qualifier in 2014, the North Africans prevailed in front of Uganda's fans in Kampala, although both teams went on to the Final Round in Tunisia.