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FIBA Africa U16: Najjuma Wins Big As Uganda Finish Fifth

Maria Najjuma has left a mark at the recently concluded 2019 FIBA U16 Women’s Africa Championship.

The powerful centre, was named among the best five of the tournament and also won the accolade for best rebounder.

Najjuma averaged a double double of 27 rebounds and 17.8 assists in an impressive performance.

The Junior Gazelles, debuting on the continent, finished fifth after beating Rwanda 66-51 in the placement game. Najjuma had 19 and 31 points and rebounds respectively in the victory.

Elsewhere, Mali beat Egypt 84-48 to win their sixth title from as many editions.

Mali’s Mariam Coulibaly who was integral in their triumph, scored a game high 30 points to make the team of the tourney.

Top Performers
MVP – Mariam Coulibaly (Mali)
Best Scorer – Sara Caetano (Angola)
Best Rebounder – Maria Najjuma (Uganda)
Best Tri-Pointer – Elfataray Lojan (Egypt)
Fair Play – Tanzania

Best Five
Sara Caetano, Mariam Coulibaly, Haidara Maimuna, Sadex Malak, Najjuma Mariam

Final Standings

Mali (Champions) – 1

Egypt – 2

Angola – 3

Mozambique – 4

Uganda – 5

Rwanda – 6

Tanzania – 7

South Africa (Never Showed up) – N/A

Brian Kawalya

Brian Kawalya

Chief Sports Writer
Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.
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