Basketballghana can confirm South Sudan’s National Men’s Basketball Team has recorded its first ever win at the FIBA African Nations Basketball Championship (AfroBasket).
The debutant’s maiden win in the continental championship was however secured in a rather unconventional way as its opponent for today’s game, Cameroon, was ruled out from competing due to COVID related Health protocols.
Cameroon is the affected party in the strict adherence to COVID protocols being used to see out the 30th edition of the AfroBasket. As such, South Sudan gets a 20-0 win via forfeiture.
The Technical Committee also ruled Cameroon won’t be awarded any classification points as a result; this year’s AfroBasket tipped off on Tuesday, August 24 and is due to end on September 5.
Uganda and Senegal are the other nations drawn in Group D and South Sudan plays Senegal next on Thursday, August 27 and its final Group game against Uganda on August 29.
On Day 1, there were wins for Egypt, host nation Rwanda, Cape Verde and defending champion Tunisia. (Click highlighted text to view results)
See official statement from FIBA on South Sudan’s win below:
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter