Olympic qualifier: D’Tigress beats Mozambique, play Mali in semis

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D’Tigress increased their chances of qualifying for the 2020 Olympics after defeating hosts of the FIBA Africa Women’s pre Olympics qualifying tournament, Mozambique 57-48 at the Pavilhao Maxaquene on Saturday.

The 2019 FIBA Women’s Afrobasket champions showed superiority over their opponents in the first quarter with a 21-8 lead also taking the second quarter 17-11 going into the half time break 38-19 with a massive 19 points lead.

The home side took control of the second half taking the third quarter 16-8 also coming tops in the fourth quarter 13-11 but their late charge was not enough to guarantee a comeback as Nigeria qualified for the semi-final as group B winners.

D’Tigeress will face Mali in the semi-final on Sunday (today). While Senegal play Mozambique.

The two winners in the semi-finals will automatically book their tickets to the 16-nation Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments to be hosted in China (Foshan), from February 6 to 9, 2020.

 

 

Jibril. O