Tunisia are seeking to defend their FIBA AfroBasket title ©Getty Images

Tunisia are looking to defend their International Basketball Federation (FIBA) AfroBasket title in Kigali in Rwanda, with Senegal, Egypt and Angola biting at their heels.

Sending a message to their competitors to not underestimate them after defeating the Ivory Coast in their final warm-up game, Tunisia, who lost to Brazil and hosts Croatia in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) two months ago, remain the favourites for the AfroBasket title this year.

Tunisia selected six members from the AfroBasket 2017 winning team - Omar Abada, Ziyed Chennoufi, Mourad El Mabrouk, Makthar Ghyaza and Radhouane Slimane - and welcome Makram Ben Romdhane, Michael Roll and Ziyed Chennoufi back into the fold after the trio missed the OQT. 

Senegal outclassed Guinea and Rwanda in a three-nation tournament in Dakar last week and will be led by two-times AfroBasket veteran Gorgui Dieng.

Egypt were unbeaten in the qualifiers, winning all six games, and have seven-foot Omar Oraby rejoining the team.

Nigeria took eight National Basketball Association players to Tokyo 2020 and are the highest ranked African team in the FIBA world rankings.

However, none are available in Kigali as Nigeria look to go one better than their final defeat to Tunisia in 2017.

Angola bring the most experienced team, with 42-year-old Eduardo Mingas coming out of retirement at the request of head coach Joseph Claros.

Alongside Mingas is Carlos Morais, the only two players in the entire tournament with four AfroBasket titles.