August 26, 2017
The semifinals were critical not just because they meant there would be a chance at a championship, but also because a win was the only way to qualify for the World Championship. The high stakes of the occasion showed in the first game as both teams had a nervy start and had to resort to grinding out the rest of the game. Nigeria continued to build their lead, but Mali was roared on by the home fans and refused to let the visitors pull away, fighting back late, but missing several opportunities to finally give themselves a lead, falling 48-47. The next game had a different flow as Astou Traore and Senegal were able to build a solid lead and win 72-52. Leia Dongue led Mozambique again, but they could not contend for that final spot in next summer’s tournament.
Nigeria vs. Mali 48-47 NGR Kalu 11/6a Nyingifa 11 Elonu 7/6r Akhator 5/10r Ogoke 5 Okoye 5 Mohammed 4 Madu 0 Atosu 0 Akashili 0 Udeaja 0 Nwaigwe DNP MLI Tirera 15/6a Diakite 12/9r Traore 7 N. Coulibaly 6/17r Maiga 4 Bagayoko 3 Dabo 0/8r Gandega 0 K. Coulibaly 0 M. Coulibaly 0 Camara 0 Keita DNP
Mozambique vs. Senegal 52-72 MOZ Dongue 20/6r Seda 15/14r Pereira 6 Cossa 5 Mafanela 4 Muianga 2 Ventura 0 Mucuaquine 0 Pinto 0 Lhavanguane 0 Massingue 0 Halar 0 SEN As. Traore 22 Sene 12 Diouf 10 Sy Diop 8 Sarr 7 Thiam 5 Daou 4/7r Fall 4 Sidibe 0/8r Aw. Traore 0 Sy 0 Dieng DNP
The quarterfinals losers still had 5th place to chase. Angola built a big lead at halftime to beat Cameroon 66-54. Egypt started better, but the Ivory Coast played well for the rest of the game to win 73-70.
Angola vs. Cameroon 66-54 ANG Tomas 16/7r Gala 14 Jorge 11 Filipe 7/8r Lucas 5 Eusebio 5 Mpaka 4 Miguel 2 Ndoniema 2 Afonso 0 Goncalves 0 Matiquite DNP CMR Lonlack 18 Ade 12/6r Mfoula 10 Mbiandija 7 Assena 3 Abenkou 2 Tchasi 2 Weledji 0 Ramey 0 Mba Minna 0 Ghane Yenou DNP Ebogo Fabo DNP
Ivory Coast vs. Egypt 73-70 CIV Cisse 19 Diawara 13/9r Diaby 11/9r M. Kouyate 11/7r K. Kouyate 11/6r/8a Bognini 3 Ab. Kone 3 Kouakou 2/7r N’Goran 0 Djedjemel 0 Fofana 0 Aw. Kone DNP EGY Elshaarawy 19/6r Abdelgawad 15 R. Awad 13 Helwa 8/9r/6a Abdelalim 6 Deghady 6 Youssef 3 Sherif 0 Abdelfattah 0 M. Awad DNP Bakr DNP
The Democratic Republic of Congo ended their tournament on a winning note after getting past Guinea 69-38.
Guinea vs. Democratic Republic of Congo 38-69 GUI Mara 14 Bah 8/6r Mbaye 5 Sylla 4 Berete 4 Bangoura 2 Soumah 1 S. Keita 0 Sacko 0 A. Keita 0 Peruch Niang DNP COD Ngoyisa 13/12r Mokango Modiri 11 Muganza Nyota 10/7r Mukoso Nyoka 8 Bilonda Ntumba 8 Kabobo Haongi 6 Mambengya Teba 4 Ngusu Mafuta 4 Bombolo Balongya 3/8a Kapinga Kalombo 2 Mfutila Makiese 0 Mbiya Tshiyoyo DNP
The day started with the battle to avoid last place. Abeti Kossi had one of the best individual tournaments of any player, but her team could not pull out of the cellar after a 73-63 loss to Tunisia.
Tunisia vs. Central African Republic 73-63 TUN Hamrouni 14 Ksouri Sbeii 13 Ben Mahmoud 12/12r Msadak 6 Mefteh 6 Khlifa 6 Loubiri 5 Ben Mechlia 5 Mnasria 4/7r Shili 2 Jedidi Mistiri DNP Ben Ameur DNP CAF Kossi 23/11r Gaombalet 9 Djel 9 Yagba Kokito 8/8r Guegbelet 5/14r M’Baye Ndack 4 Kalene 4 Eyene 1/7a Yamalet 0 Ngbonga 0 Koumba DNP Derebone-Ngaisset DNP
Final Day Schedule:
1st: Senegal vs. Nigeria
3rd: Mozambique vs. Mali
5th: Angola vs. Ivory Coast
7th: Cameroon vs. Egypt