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Nigeria vs Mali FIBA Afrobasket Women predictions, betting tips and match preview: Nigerians and hosts clash for final spot

Lorenzo Gahol 26 Aug 2017
Naignouma Coulibaly (credit:FIBA)

Nigeria vs Mali FIBA Afrobasket Women predictions, betting tips and match preview. Unbeaten Nigeria tests the might of host Mali in the first semifinal game of the FIBA Afrobasket Women at the Palais des Sports Salamatou Maiga in Bamako.

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Unbeaten Nigeria tests the might of host Mali in the first semifinal game of the FIBA Afrobasket Women at the Palais des Sports Salamatou Maiga in Bamako.

The Nigerians extended their winning run to six games after blasting Cote d'Ivoire 98-43 in their quarterfinal duel yesterday. D'Tigress led by 10 points after the first period and dominated the second quarter 23-2 to pull away.

Five Nigerians scored in double figures with WNBA rookie Evelyn Akhator leading the way with 21 points and 11 rebounds. 

Expected to back her up in their quest to reach the final of this tournament for the first time since 2005 are Ezinne Kalu, Atonye Nyingifa and Adaora Elonu. Head coach Sam Vincent will also rely on guards Upe Atosu, Sarah Ogoke and Nkechi Akashili. 

Mali likewise had an easy quarterfinal outing as it rolled past Egypt 90-50. Naignouma Coulibaly had 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the hosts, who led by as much as 44 points. 

Meiya Tirera is another scoring option for head coach Sylvain Lautie along with Kankou Coulibaly, Mariam Coulibaly, Touty Gandega and Ramata Diakite.

Mali last reached the final of this tournament in 2009 where it lost to Senegal. The winner of this game will face either the Senegalese or Mozambique in Sunday's final.  
 
Mali defeated Nigeria 73-57 in the final of the 2015 African Games in Brazzaville. Naignouma Coulibaly led the Malians with 21 points and 16 rebounds as they avenged their defeat to the Nigerians in the preliminary round. Adaora Elonu paced Nigeria with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

The last meeting between Mali and Nigeria in this competition took place in 2013 with the Malians winning their battle for fifth place 57-50.


Nigeria vs Mali Live Stream Links


Nigeria vs Mali is being streamed live online by bookmaker bet365. The firm have the match available to all customers, including those in the UK, on their live streaming player, which can be found via the IN PLAY section of the website. The only requirement to watch the live stream is to have a funded bet365 account. Those without an account can claim a 100% first deposit bonus of up to £200 by registering using the bonus code MAXCASH. Once registered, simply go to the IN PLAY section of the website at 19:30 BST on Saturday, August 26 and click on the Nigeria vs Mali live stream.

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Nigeria vs Mali Notes

 
  • Nigeria crushed Cote d'Ivoire in the quarterfinals
  • The Nigerians are the only unbeaten team left in the tournament
  • Mali ousted Egypt in the quarterfinals
  • Mali defeated Nigeria to win gold in the 2015 African Games
  • The Malians also defeated the Nigerians in their last meeting in this competition
  • Winner will face either Senegal or Mozambique in the final

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Nigeria vs Mali FIBA Afrobasket Women predictions, betting tips and match preview: Nigerians and hosts clash for final spot

Nigeria vs Mali FIBA Afrobasket Women predictions, betting tips and match preview. Unbeaten Nigeria tests the might of host Mali in the first semifinal game of the FIBA Afrobasket Women at the Palais des Sports Salamatou Maiga in Bamako.

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