The Basketball Lionesses of Cameroon played for a third spot against Senegal on Sunday, 26 September 2021, and triumphed 53-49, as Nigeria emerged Champions against Mali.
Head coach Ahmed Mbombo Njoya, said the Lionesses have much work to do in order to attain the level of Nigeria, which he rated to be phenomenal “I told the girls that there are several ways of perceiving a situation. Either you say it’s the end, that you have worked and everybody is happy, or you say it’s the beginning of the story and you have the desire to finish right up. It means that it is necessary to work harder if we want to arrive” the coach said.
He regretted the loss against Mali in the semi-final “the match against Mali was like a coin we tossed, which could fall on us or it could not. There they are in the final, I’m happy for them. Now, we need to work in order to be able to go above those types of teams” Mbombo Njoya told the press after their Bronze game against Senegal, and ahead of the encounter pitting Nigeria against Mali.
Despite reaching the final, Mali did not match the level of the Nigerians who defeated them 70-59. “We need to work very very very hard to reach the level of Nigeria, because presently, Nigeria is on a phenomenal level. They have an extraordinary generation” Mbombo Njoya said, adding that “for us, we have a generation which is young.
“For me, I think that with some little adjustments, this generation, with the time that is to come, if they work, if they have the same spirit, if they continue to persevere and want to come to the national team, I guarantee that we will be at the level of Nigeria” Cameroon’s coach enthused.
The 2021 and 25th edition of the Women’s AfroBasket, was held in Yaounde from 18 to 26 September. Nigeria, this year’s Champions, clinched their 5th title.