By Owolabi Abiola/First Zeal Media Cast
Nigeria shocked Senegal 58-54 in a highly intense game on Wednesday night in Bamako the Malien capital to go top of Group B and maintain her unbeaten run at the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2017 in the Mali
WNBA 2017 Draft pick Evelyn Akhator posted a player-of-the-match performance with 15 points and 13 rebound to inspire Nigeria to the all important victory that takes their count to five in the championship.
Ezinne Kalu and Adaora Elonu added 12 and 11 points respectively as Sam Vincent’s side recorded their fifth straight win at the biennial continental competition that has attracted Africa’s top 12 teams.
After the game, Akhator said “We set a goal that we want to win. We came here for the gold. The more we keep playing, the more confidence we keep getting and the more trust we get amongst us.”
Nigeria will now confront their West African counterpart Cote d’Ivoire in the third quarter finals on Friday with an eye at the Semi-Finals and the eventual final.
Cameroon, despite their 69-35 loss to hosts Mali, alongside with Cote d’Ivoire and Tunisia were tied on seven points but the latter was eliminated from the contest on head-to-head rule.
In a repeat of the 2015 Final, Cameroon face yet another massive task when they face a wounded
Senegal side that is looking for a record 13th title but most notably to defend the trophy.
It’s the second game of the day.
In the first quarter final pairing on Friday, Angola that are yet to feel the bitter pill of defeat since the championship started on 18th of August will be up against Mozambique in the Lusophone derby with the latter dreaminging to cause a major upset.
The quarter final game on Friday between host Mali and Egypt.