Referees declaire the game has been forfeited | Credit: Don Mugabi

Mali have been eliminated from the FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifiers 2023 after forfeiting another game in the second window.

Mali were meant to play Nigeria this afternoon at the BK Arena but the players are still on strike over financial issues with their federation.

According to reports, players haven’t been paid their allowances for three years thus taking industrial action.

The side also forfeited the game against Uganda yesterday. With two games forfeited, Mali is thus eliminated from the tournament as per the rules.

Due to their failure to appear to its games against Uganda on July 1 and against Nigeria on July 2 in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 African Qualifiers, the Mali National Team has lost each of these games by forfeit.

According to the official basketball rules, if in a tournament the team forfeits for the second time, the team shall be disqualified from the tournament and the results of all games played by this team shall be nullified.

The remaining games of the third Window of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 African Qualifiers will take place as scheduled.

FIBA Statement

Mali’s elimination means Uganda, Cape Verde, and Nigeria automatically advance to the second round of the World Cup Qualifiers from Group A.

Uganda is set to play Cape Verde at 4:00pm (EAT).

Franklin Kaweru is the Editor in Chief of Kawowo Sports. He is an ardent basketball enthusiast.

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