FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2024 Review

n addition to Nigeria’s successful campaign, a number of historic moments marked the 12-nation tournament.

Here is the assessment of each team (in alphabetical order) during the tournament in Kigali.

The inconsistency of the former champions of Africa was expensive: they started the tournament with a defeat against Ivory Coast and ended it with a defeat against Guinea.

Guinea celebrates victory over Angola

Angola’s victory over host Rwanda was huge, but it proved insignificant as Angola missed the quarter-finals for the first time in decades.

The score of 1-2, which relegates Angola to tenth place in the Championship, is the worst result of the country in the history of the 12-team competition.


Angola’s poor performance is probably a message to start over and reinvent its program, but players like Sara Caetano and Cassia Antonio keep Angola hopeful.

Things looked promising for Cameroon after a 55-53 win over Mozambique on the first day, but taking on Senegal in the quarterfinal round (80-77 loss) proved difficult for the Lionnes.

Cameroon faced only three opponents in five matches (Guinea, Mozambique and Senegal). They defeated Guinea twice, shared a victory and defeat with Mozambique and lost to Senegal.

Carine Silatsa, Jessica Thomas and Monique Akoa Makani made the difference for Cameroon.

After a successful qualifying campaign in Abidjan where they beat Guinea in the two-game series, a win over Angola was the Elephants' best performance in Rwanda.

Côte d'Ivoire lost to Rwanda and Mozambique and failed to qualify for the quarter-finals.

Kigali 2024 is an experience to forget for the Congolese who were the only team not to have won.

DR Congo began its campaign with a 69-35 loss to Nigeria’s future champions in Group D. Although the former African champions battled against Egypt and Uganda, they finished last in the competition.

Egypt’s campaign in Kigali raises questions. The North Africans landed in the Rwandan capital with their probably most talented team, but returned home with the worst result of the last five editions of the tournament.


Senegal has ended Egypt’s dream of reaching the podium

A victory against DR Congo, followed by two consecutive defeats against Nigeria and Senegal ended Egypt’s dream of finishing on the podium for the first time since 1977.

Guinea conceded large margins of loss throughout the event and as a result, Guineans recorded the lowest point differential (-213).

However, the 71-69 victory over Angola was more than enough to qualify for the quarter-finals.

Everything seemed perfect for Mali who reached the semi-finals undefeated in three games, but beating Senegal for the second time in the tournament proved to be an impossible mission.

Mali’s dream of reaching the women’s AfroBasket final for the second time in a row ended with a 75-65 loss to Senegal in the semi-final.

Djeneba N'Diaye, Sika Kone, Maimouna Haidara and Mariam Coulibaly deserved better.

Mozambique is getting used to narrowly missing the semifinals.

The Mozambicans began their campaign with a 55-53 loss to Cameroon, but when the two teams met in the fifth place match, the Mozambicans won 74-65.

Tamara Seda’s excellent performance was rewarded with a spot on the tournament team. Seda won the award for best rebounder.

The D'Tigresses arrived in Kigali with a relatively unknown team, but they returned home with the 2024 Women’s AfroBasket title (the team’s fourth consecutive title).

Rena Wakama became the first woman to win a women’s AfroBasket title as head coach.


Nigeria shut down BK Arena in semi-final win over Rwanda

Even more impressive, Nigeria extended their winning streak to 24-0 in Africa, from third place in the 2015 Women’s AfroBasket in Yaoundé, where they beat Angola 65-55.

The last team to beat Nigeria (71-70) was Cameroon on 2 October 2015.

Local fans flocked to the BK Arena to support their heroines, and Rwanda met expectations.

Rwanda’s victory over its Ugandan neighbours (66-61) allowed it to qualify for the semi-finals for the first time in the history of the competition.

It is not this time that Senegal will raise its first African title since 2015.

The Senegalese had a hard start to the championship after two consecutive losses to Mali and Uganda, but in a reversal of the situation, the 11-time African champions responded with a 3-0 to qualify for the championship game.

Cierra Dillard was a breath of fresh air for Senegal, leading the team in critical moments, but once in the final, Nigeria proved too strong for Senegal.

Uganda had the best campaign in its history.

By beating Senegal 85-83 in the group stage, Uganda has probably achieved the most famous result in the history of the competition.

Jannon Otto was a key factor for Uganda in the regional qualifiers, and she also remained influential for the Gazelles in the final.

Otto finished top scorer of the tournament.

1. Nigeria (5-0)
2. Senegal (3-3)
3. Mali (4-1)
4. Rwanda (2-3)
5. Mozambique (4-2)
6. Cameroon (3-2)
7. Uganda (3-3)
8. Guinea (1-5)
9. Egypt (1-2)
10. Angola (1-2)
11. Côte d’Ivoire (1-2)
12. DR Congo (0-3)


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