Although the Tunisians never finished worse than eighth in any of their succeeding appearances, they were not able to break onto the podium again until a surprise bronze medal run at the FIBA Africa Championship 2009
. Led by All-Tournament First Team forward Amine Rzig
the Tunisians went 4–2 in the preliminary rounds, winning three games by two points or less. They reached the semifinals for only the second time since 1974, by another slim margin – this time a one-point victory over Mali
. Although they were defeated by Angola
in the semifinals, the Tunisians topped Cameroon
in the bronze medal game, to claim Africa's third and final automatic berth in the 2010 FIBA World Championship
– its first ever FIBA World Cup
berth. The Tunisians struggled to compete in the World Championship, losing all five of their games, and finishing last in Group B, and 24th overall. Yet, after almost forty years of mediocrity in Africa, Tunisia has become one of the continent's prime competitors again. Its appearances at the global stage have become a new milestone in the team's history.