Sports

Guinea Upset Egypt to Win 2023 Fiba U16 Boys African Championship


Sunday

Final

Guinea 84-76 Egypt

Guinea on Sunday, July 23, claimed the 2023 FIBA U16 boys African Championship, their first ever, ending Mali and Egypt’s decade-long dominance on the continental stage.

The West Africans achieved the milestone after beating Egypt 84-76 in the final to take home the 2023 edition which concluded in Monastir, Tunisia.

It’s the first time – since 2013 – that a team, other than Egypt or Mali, has won the continental silverware.

Angola, who won the tournament a decade ago, finished fourth this time round while Guinea won the FIBA U16 African Championship in their first appearance in the final.

The 84-76 triumph was Guinea’s second victory over Egypt in this year’s tournament, having again beaten the Pharaohs 83-78 earlier in the Group Phase.

ALSO READ: FIBA U16 Afrobasket: Malian girls bag eighth consecutive championship

Five-time winners Egypt were leading 48-44 at the break; they enjoyed a 15-point lead in the third quarter, but Guinea responded with a 26-0 run in the fourth quarter to shock Egypt, and, deservedly, clinch their first-ever African championship title.

Guinea’s shooting guard Karanmadi Gassama led the floor with 25 points, Nour Gassim Toure added 22, and Araphan Diane recorded his seventh straight double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.