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No surprise name in Women’s AfroBasket semifinal list

Senegal, Nigeria, Mali and Mozambique will compete for spots in the 2019 FIBA Women’s African Basketball Championship (AfroBasket) Final Game.

The quartet progressed to the continental competition’s Final Four Stage after emerging victors in quarterfinal games played on Thursday, August 15 at the Dakar Arena in Senegal.

Host Senegal produced an 88-54 win over former champions Angola in the final game of the stage while Nigeria beat DR Congo 79-46 in the opening matchup.

Mali overcame a bogey Ivory Coast side to score a 60-51 win in the All West African nation’s showdown and Mozambique beat Egypt 80-66.

Lead candidate for the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player Award Astou Traore led Senegal with 17 points, eight rebounds and two assists in 29 minutes.

Yacine Diop and Mame-Marie Sy- Diop added 14 and 12 points respectively in the win to setup a meeting with Mozambique at 19:00 GMT tonight.

Angola’s lead threat Italee Lucas had a poor showing scoring eight points from the free throw line but scoring none of her six attempts from the field.

Defending champion Nigeria takes on Mali at 16:30 GMT with the former aiming for a repeat final appearance.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter

Egypt-Mozambique Photo Courtesy: FIBA
Angola-Senegal Photo Courtesy: FIBA
Photo Courtesy: FIBA
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