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WATCH: Mali basketball players in public fight women World Cup

By Wangu Kanuri September 27th, 2022 1 min read

Two Mali basketball national team women players were filmed exchanging blows following their World Cup loss to Serbia in Sydney.

The scuffle between Salimatou Kourouma and Kamite Elisabeth Dabou broke out at the technical area when Serbia’s Sasa Cado fielded an interview.

Kourouma is seen throwing at least three punches at Dabou while other players try to break up the fight.

On the other hand, Cado tried to shout at them in a bid to dissuade them while the camera was rolling.

Kourouma is contracted with Stade Malien, a professional team based in Mali’s capital city Bamako, while Dabou plays for Centre Dorinthie Basket.

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has since launched investigations against the two players.

“FIBA has opened an investigation, once the investigation is concluded, FIBA will decide on any applicable disciplinary measures,” read their statement.

Serbia defeated Mali 81-68. Mali are bottom of Group B with four points from four games and will finish their campaign against Canada later on Tuesday.

They qualified for the tournament after African champions Nigeria pulled out citing administrative difficulties around the sport in their country.

The quarter-finals take place on Thursday followed by the semis on Friday and the final on Saturday.

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