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Morocco’s AS Sale has won the FIBA Africa Champions Cup by beating host team Etoile Sportive Rades 77-69 in the final game of the competition.

The North African sides squared off in a tough encounter to determine which team replaces last year’s winner Al Ahly of Egypt.

Abderrahim Najah led Sale with 16 points and 11 rebounds but his double double production proved key for his team’s big win on Tunisian soil.

Host team Forward Mohammed Hadidane dropped 21 points-which paced all scorers in the game- and seven rebounds in the losing effort.

This year’s competition tipped off on December 11 with 12 teams competing in the continent’s flagship club competition over a week.

Rades hoped to emulate Ahly by hosting and winning the competition but fell at the last hurdle after an impressive outing in the tournament.

Fellow Tunisian side Union Sportive Monastir beat Angola side Benfica Libolo 77-74 to clinch third place ahead of the 2014 African Champions.

Ghana was not represented at the games following Braves of Customs inability to qualify beyond the zonal level with Nigeria’s Gombe Bulls and Kano Pillars doing so.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter


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