Basketballghana.com can report a handful of big names to win the 2021 Women’s AfroBasket title recorded big wins on the opening day of the competition.
The tournament has tipped off in Yaounde, Cameroon and is expected to end on September 26 with 12 nations competing for the title.
Defending champions Nigeria got off to a winning start by beating Mozambique 67-50 while fellow West African nations Senegal beat Guinea 100-31 and Mali thumped Tunisia 101-39. Home nation Cameroon beat Kenya 74-50 in its matchup.
Guard Ezinne Kalu scored 17 points to lead all players with Adaora Elonu being the only other Nigerian player to score in double figures. Mozambique also had a pair of players score in double figures with 12 points apiece.
Nigeria is coming off a disappointing run at the Tokyo Olympics where D’Tigress crashed out of the group stage. Mali made a positive start despite findings from a sexual harassment investigation rocking the country’s federation earlier this week.
The likes of Egypt and Angola are due to compete in the coming days.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter