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Fiba World Cup Qualifiers: Mali boycott, gift Uganda ‘free’ win

Demoralized by alleged failure of the federation to meet financial obligations to players, Malians decided to boycott its match against Uganda at the ongoing Fiba World Cup qualifiers in Kigali, Rwanda.


The third window of the Fiba Africa World Cup qualifiers got underway today in Kigali at the BK Arena as Cape Verde took on Nigeria in the opening game.

However, in the second game, team Uganda had no sweat to break as Mali failed to show up. According to reports, in a dramatic turn of events, the Mali players decided to stay in their hotel rooms and those who made it to the arena, in solidarity with their colleagues rejected to kit up.

By tip off time, only Uganda team and officials were ready for the match.

Despite frantic efforts to call the team to order, they were unavailable on court.


Uganda was gifted a ‘free win’ in game one. The Silver backs will face the Cape Verde who defeated Nigeria earlier today.


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