Photo Courtesy: FIBA

Photo Courtesy: FIBA
Angola got its 2018 FIBA World U17 World Cup campaign off to a bad start as the African side lost its opening game to Australia.

Angola fell 43-81 to the Asian powerhouse in the penultimate game on the first day of competition in Belarus capital Minsk.

The Group D fixture followed Latvia’s 51-65 loss to Canada in the other group game; the final game on Day One had host nation Belarus clinch a 79-75 overtime win over Colombia.

The loss marks Africa’s second straight loss in the tournament following Mali’s 49-69 loss to China in the competition’s first game.

Mali is in Group A alongside China, France and Japan; France beat Japan 60-53 to place in second in the group behind China.

Angola will be in action later today against Canada at 15:15 GMT and Mali faces a daunting task against USA at 12:30 GMT.

16 teams are participating in the tournament which runs from July 21 to July 29; the knockout phase commences on July 27.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter


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