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Mozambique celebrate win over Senegal Photo Courtesy: FIBA.com

Nigeria, Mozambique book places in Olympic Tournament qualifiers

Nigeria and Mozambique will compete in Pre Olympic Tournament qualifiers in February next year after coming out on top of the tournament.

The competition took place at the Maxaquene Indoor Stadium in Mozambique recently with four other nations competing including record Women’s AfroBasket winners Senegal.

Reigning African Champions Nigeria beat fellow West African nation Mali 74-59 to top Group C which had Democratic Republic of Congo feature in the group.

Ezinne Kalu, Ify Ibekwe and Atonye Nyingifa scored 15 points, 14 points and 13 points respectively with Kalu adding seven rebounds in the matchup.

Host nation Mozambique shocked favorites Senegal courtesy a 56-49 win to qualify alongside Nigeria to the 16 nation qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The final round of qualifiers is to be played from February 6 to 9 at locations in France, Belgium, China and Serbia.

Senegal misses out on a third Olympics after featuring at the 2000 and 2016 editions in Sydney and Rio de Janeiro.

Nigeria celebrates win Photo Courtesy: FIBA.com
Senegal Photo Courtesy: FIBA.com
Nigeria v Mali Photo Courtesy: FIBA.com
Mozambique v Senegal Photo Courtesy: FIBA.com

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

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