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Mable Doumbia lights up Cairo gym in win over Uganda, Algeria dust Gabon

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CAIRO (Egypt) – Mable Doumbia is just 14 years age but she grabbed the limelight on Day-2 of the FIBA U16 Women’s African Championship in Cairo on Saturday.

The guard finished with 27 points, three rebounds and two assists in Mali’s overwhelming 92-12 victory over Uganda in the first game of the day.

Despite being the first game, Doumbia already has her eyes set at the top prize.

Doumbia told FIBA.basketball after the game: “Today’s game was great for me and I want to remain focused for the other games too. My personal target here is to win the trophy at the end of the championship and build a strong basketball  career in the future.”

Compatriot Habibabou Samoura contributed 15 points, six rebounds, four assists while Mariam Ibrahim Sarr posted 10 points, 12 rebounds, and three assists.

Uganda, on the other hand, had Christine Namyalo, Gertrude Nyamutoro with four points each and Priscillar Nambogo, Christine Saima finished with two points apiece to thank for their contributions in the game.

Coach of the East African side, Rodgers Sevinigho is not one to be perturbed with the outcome of the game and says that they are happy to be in Cairo for the championship.

“We’re happy to be here for starters. It’s a good opportunity for the young women to grow in the game because they are the future of basketball in Uganda. Mali is a good team. They showed a lot of composure in the game and know what they are doing.

“Our preparation was not good enough and we hadn’t the opportunity we would have expected ahead of this but it doesn’t take away the opportunity we have here. The margin doesn’t matter, but what does is that the women are getting the exposure.”

Christine Namyalo says her side only trained for three days and insists that they did their level best.

In the second game of the opening day, Algeria women showed little compassion for Gabon dusting the side under the guidance of Coach Patrick Mboumba 73-18.

Algeria’s Loubna Ferikh led the floor with a points total of 12, four rebounds, three rebounds while Dallal Bekkouche added nine points, 15 rebounds and one assist.

Gabon’s Jessicka Sergina Mavioga scored eight points, added nine rebounds and one assist in the team’s 18 points.

In the last game of the day, Chad forfeited their game against Egypt for reasons not clear.


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