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FIBA AfroBasket 2021: Cameroon lose group D opener to South Sudan by forfeiture

By Beng Emmanuel

Cameroon basketball team has lost its first game of the competition to debutants South Sudan by forfeit 20-0 in application to Covid-19 protocol, the technical committee of the FIBA Afrobasket Championship has confirmed.

In a statement signed by Alphonse Bile president of the technical committee, the game which was initially scheduled for today at the Kigali Arena was awarded in favour of South Sudan-Africa’s newest nation.

“In application of the FIBA Covid-19 protocol for FIBA competitions, based on the FIBA central board decision made in March 2021 for the FIBA official competitions in regards to the Covid-19 situation”

“The technical committee of the FIBA AfroBasket 2021 decides; the game D2 between Cameroon and South Sudan scheduled on 25th August 2021 at 3pm at the Kigali Arena will not be played”

“Cameroon team lost the game D2 per forfeit. The game is awarded to South Sudan and the score is 20-0. Cameroon team will receive 0 classification points” the statement read.

The men’s basketball team of Cameroon will face Uganda in their second game on Friday before taking on favourites Senegal in their final group D encounter on Sunday.  This huge blow jeopardizes Cameroon’s chances of sailing through their group.

The basketball Lions are featuring for the 10th time at the FIBA AfroBasket Championship. They finished 5th during the last participation in 2017.

Their best performance was in 2007 when they finished as runner-up of the competition.

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