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TUNISIA - 19 Feb 2021

South Sudan beats Mali, both qualify for AfroBasket 2021

The South Sudan National Basketball men's team on Thursday qualified for the 2021 FIBA AfroBasket in Kigali Rwanda after beating Mali 69-65 at FIBA AfroBasket 2021 Qualifiers in Monastir, Tunisia.

Although the team was caught in a difficult position at the break, trailing by 20 at some point, somehow they rose to lead by as many as seven points later in the game.

"For a team that came up short against continental powerhouse Nigeria less than 24 hours earlier, to be able to regroup and secure a win that keeps them second in the group with a 3-2 record with a game to play, that says volumes about the South Sudanese' growth as a team," FIBA reports.

Kuany Ngor Kuany, was the man to watch as he inspired South Sudan with a game-best 21 points, while Sadio Doucoure, Ibrahim Djambo, and Ibrahim Saounera combined for 37 Mali points.

With just one more game left in the Qualifiers, both South Sudan (3-2) and Mali (2-3) qualify for the FIBA AfroBasket 2021.

Earlier in the day, Morocco beat Cape Verde 72-69. 

For Group D leaders Nigeria, it was business as usual as they remained unbeaten in five games thanks to a 64-51 triumph over Rwanda. 

Meanwhile, the second Group E game between Egypt and Uganda was called off due to health concerns. 

According to FIBA: "The decision was taken after five members of the Uganda delegation tested positive to COVID-19 after arriving to Monastir, despite delegation members having provided earlier negative tests."