The capital cities of Mali, Bamako and Mozambique, Maputo will host this year’s FIBA Africa Male and Female Under 18 Championships respectively.
Maputo will host the Women’s Championship from July 29-August 5 with Mali as defending champions and a place in next year’s Under 19 World Cup at stake.
Bamako will host the male version of the competition from August 17-26 after Angola won the last competition held in 2016.
This is the latest development for both countries in terms of hosting continental games as recent African World Cup qualifiers at the senior level have been held in the countries.
Mali held the first round of qualifiers in Group B while Mozambique held games in Group D; the world cup qualifiers resume later this year.
Basketballghana.com gathers Mali is likely to promote players from the victorious Under 16 side to compete in the upcoming tournament.
Siriman Kanoute was the star of the competition and was rightly named Most Valuable Player; the host’schances of clinching the title depends largely on him.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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