Leia Dongue of Mozambique in action Photo Courtesy FIBA

Mozambique won’t compete in the 2020 Olympics Women’s Basketball event in Tokyo, Japan after failing to qualify to the competition to be held later this year.

The Southern African nation lost 48-76 to Serbia in the qualification tournament for the games; the special qualification tournament was held in Serbia.

However, 10 nations have qualified and join defending champions USA and host nation Japan in the 12 team roster for the competition including Nigeria.

Nigeria is the only African nation to compete in the Olympics despite suffering a 71-76 loss to USA in the final Group A game in the qualifiers.

The West African nation was on the verge of recording a major shock result when the team led 40-26 at the end of the first half. Nigeria maintained its lead via a 57-50 result ahead of the fourth quarter before losing by five points.

Australia, Belgium, South Korea, Canada, France, Spain, Puerto Rico and Serbia join Nigeria, Japan and USA as qualified nations.

Mozambique Forward Dongue made the All Team and Nigeria Point Guard Ezinne Kalu was named to the Qualifying Tournament’s All Team after a 17 point, eight assist, four steal performance against USA.

Elizabeth Pereira Photo Courtesy FIBA
Kalu Photo Courtesy FIBA
Nigeria Photo Courtesy FIBA
Photo Courtesy FIBA

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter


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