6th African Championships

For the sixth edition of the African championships relaunched in 2007 after more than twenty years of interruption and now qualifying to the World Championships, the Tunisian Federation of Boules and Petanque welcomed in Tunis the records of 17 nations. The draw, made on Wednesday evening, the day before the CASB Congress, without heads-of-series, gave the following result with a group gathering the two African finalists of the last World Championship.

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Group composition:
Group A: Burkina Faso - Congo - Ivory Coast - Tunisia B - Morocco
Group B: Tunisia A - Libya - Mali - Algeria
Group C: Guinea - Mauritius - Chad - Niger - Senegal
Group D: Madagascar - Djibouti - Mauritania - Benin

It should be noted in prelude that all the players, without exception, were dressed with identical top and bottom, including Benin whose clothing had been controversial in Madagascar, almost all the teams even being equipped with identical sports shoes.
Then it was found that there are practically no more small teams, so we had beautiful surprises. The first was the defeat of Benin in the first game against Mauritania in Group D, which even hung Madagascar but a big mistake deprived it of success and of a qualification that its players then snatched against Djibouti, sending Benin to the African Cup.
In Group B, Mali dominated all its opponents, leaving Algeria and Tunisia to compete for the second place to the quarter-finals.
Finally, if the supposed hierarchy has been respected in Group A with a team from Morocco showing good qualities, another surprise came from Group C with the first place of Chad, victorious of Senegal which won its qualification only at the last match of the group.
At the end of the matches a full draw carried out in the presence of President Azéma gave the following matches and results:
Cote d'Ivoire beats Mauritania     13 - 10
Madagascar beats Chad     13 - 11
Tunisia beats Senegal         13 - 9
Morocco beats Mali         13 - 11

At the same time, a shooting Championship was organized on specially landscaped grounds outside the National Boulodrome. On fairly difficult ground no total exceptionally high but excellent scores placing high level of qualifications and shooters very close to each other
Qualified first round:
Algeria     45 points
Tunisia     45 points
Morocco     44 points
Senegal     43 points
Qualified second round:
Niger         47 points
Mauritania     45 points
Djibouti     39 points
Madagascar     37 points