Heading to Day 3 of the 2021 FIBA Women’s African Nations Basketball Championship (AfroBasket), strong title contenders like Nigeria and Senegal have made strong starts.
However, for Mali and Guinea (two nations that headed to the tournament with problems) the story is contrasting for the respective West African countries.
Mali has two wins in two games including a 76-63 win over Ivory Coast earlier today while Guinea has lost two straight games including a heavy 58-102 loss to Egypt.
A coup d’ etat took place in Guinea before the team moved to host nation Cameroon to oust President Alpha Conde. The coup has prevented from hosting sports events.
For Mali, the team was hit with by the findings from FIBA’s investigation into allegations of sexual harassment of female players by members of the Malian Basketball Federation.
The findings have resulted in seven officials getting suspended including Women’s Coach Fanta Diallou; FIBA President and former Mali Federation President Hamane Niane was cleared of wrongdoing in the investigation. (Click highlighted text to view story)
This year’s AfroBasket ends on September 26.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter