ALONGSIDE CAPE VERDE AND UGANDAKENYA ARRIVE CAIRO LATEDUE TO LACK OF FUND
Mali has been thrown of the race to reach the 2023 FIBA Men’s World Cup by the International Basketball Governing Body (FIBA).
The Malienne were bundled out due to their failure to appear for their games against Uganda on July 1 and against Nigeria on July 2 in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 African Qualifiers, the Mali National Team has lost each of these games by forfeit.
Despite having travelled to Kigali for the tournament, the Malienne players refused to play because they haven’t been paid their allowances and bonuses by Federation Malienne de Basketball since 2017.
According to the official basketball rules, if in a tournament the team forfeits for the second time, the team shall be disqualified from the tournament and the results of all games played by this team shall be nullified.
The remaining games of the third Window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 African Qualifiers will take place as scheduled.
This means that Cape Verde, Nigeria and Uganda are through to the next round of the qualifiers in August from group A.
On Sunday, Nigeria will take on Uganda in the only and last game in the group at the BK Arena in Kigali. In their first meeting in November last year in Luanda, Angola, Nigeria destroyed Uganda by 95-69 points.
So far Nigeria, South Sudan, Cote D’Ivoire, Cape Verde, Tunisia, Angola, Egypt, Senegal, DR Congo and Uganda are through to the next round of the qualifiers.
Meanwhile troubled Kenya men’s basketball team, Morans, meets Senegal on Sunday night in the second match of the African qualifiers for the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Kenya Morans arrived late at the City Arena in Alexandaria, Egypt, on Friday night for their opening match in Group D against the Democratic Republic of Congo and paid a big price for it.
Kenya’s opponents DRC were awarded a 20-0 walk-over.
Kenya Morans, who face a tall order to qualify for the next stage of the competition, they’re currently playing host Egypt in their second match.
With no funding coming forth from the government, Kenya Morans failed to secure air tickets in time for the trip to Cairo. FIBA bailed out the team at the last minute, and a squad of seven players and four officials led by team manager Angela Luchivya left Nairobi the Kenyan capital on Thursday night for Allexandria via Dar es Salaam.
Two key professional players Albert Onyango and Bush Wamukota were to link up with the Morans directly in Egypt, from Pensylvania and California in the United States of America.
Morans lost 66-56 to DRC in the first qualifier window in Dakar, Senegal in February. The team also lost 105-51 to Egypt and 100-55 to Senegal.
The team is led by assistant coach Sadat Gaya after head coach Cliff Owuor failed to link up with the squad from Kigali, Rwanda.