Mali’s U18 basketball teams sweep Tournoi de l’Amitié, clinch double victories


Mali’s U18 basketball teams showcased their dominance on home turf as they clinched victories in both the boys’ and girls’ categories at the prestigious Tournoi de l’Amitié in Bamako.

In a display of sheer skill and determination, Mali’s young talents outshone their opponents, reaffirming their country’s status as a basketball powerhouse in the region.

The boys’ team, led by the impressive Abdourahmane Maiga, delivered a flawless performance throughout the tournament. With Maiga’s stellar contribution of 20 points and 10 rebounds in the final, Mali soared to a commanding 92-76 triumph over Tunisia, securing the coveted title.

Their path to victory was paved with triumphs, including a resounding 97-76 victory over Tunisia in the group stage and a decisive 92-70 win against Guinea in the semi-finals.

Similarly, Mali’s young female players left an indelible mark on the competition, culminating in a remarkable 67-37 victory over Tunisia in the final.

Despite facing initial setbacks, including a narrow loss to Stade Malien, Mali’s resilience shone through as they bounced back with emphatic wins over Djoliba AC and Tunisia.

Individual accolades further underscored Mali’s dominance, with Guinean Keyssane Massengo and Mali’s Mallé Doumbia earning MVP honors for their stellar performances. Roussi Rayen emerged as the top scorer, further highlighting the talent on display throughout the tournament.

For Mali, the triumphs in both the boys’ and girls’ categories not only signify their prowess on the basketball court but also serve as a testament to the country’s commitment to nurturing young talent and fostering a culture of excellence in sports.

As the celebrations unfold in Bamako, Mali’s U18 teams stand tall as champions, inspiring future generations of basketball stars across the continent.

Photo: FIBA

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