Tunisia Coach Mario Palma with team.
New African Champions Tunisia Photo Courtesy: FIBA.com

Tunisia Coach Mario Palma has added to his legendary status in basketball by claiming a fifth African Nations Championship (AfroBasket) title.

His latest win came on the back of leading Tunisia to a 77-65 win over defending Champions Nigeria in the final game; the win is Tunisia’s second title.

The 2011 African Champions failed to win the title when the country held the competition exclusively in 2015 placing third in the process.

Palma led Angola to four straight continental championships before coaching Jordan and clubs sides Primeior do Agosto in Angola and Club Africain in Tunisia.

Under his reign, the Central African nation won the 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2005 Championships with the last held in Algiers, Algeria.

The 67 year old Portuguese trainer’s win this year is impressive considering the North African side played without its two best players from 2015.

Dallas Mavericks Salah Mejri and EuroLeague Guard Michael Roll pulled out of the team due to rest issues ahead of the upcoming season.

Two players from the team, Mohamed Hadidane and Mourad El Mabrouk made the All-Tournament Team headlined by Nigeria Captain Ike Diogu.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter


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