South Sudan’s Nyaduoth Gach Lok won the Best Point Guard as South Sudan finished 4th in the concluded Zone 5 FIBA Women Basketball Afrobasket qualifiers held in Kigali, Rwanda. while Tierra Henderson from Rwanda was the Best Shooting Guard and they were joined by Raneem El Gedawy who walked away with the Best Center Award.
It was a terrible start for the Bright Starlets as they lost all their 3 opening Zone 5 qualifying games, the team lost to Egypt 65-95 points, they again lost the second encounter to Kenya 48-66 points and the 3rd to host Rwanda 52-65.
During their Playoffs, South Sudan also lost to tournament favourites Egypt 65-99 points and also went on to lose to host Rwanda for the second time BY 56-83 points on their third place playoff.
This is the first time South Sudan Basketball Federation (SSBF) has fielded a Women’s team since its initiation in 2011.
Kenya booked their ticket to a second straight FIBA Women’s AfroBasket and seventh overall when they defeated favourites Egypt 99-83 on Saturday in the Zone 5 Qualifiers Final at the Kigali Arena.
The Lionesses, who started the tournament with a surprise 77-45 loss to hosts Rwanda, were written off at the beginning but recovered to beat debutants South Sudan 66-48 before giving up a 25-point lead against Egypt to lose 107-106 in a tightly contested game.
Kenya then went into the Semi-Finals hoping to revenge against Rwanda and when the latter led 8-0 in the opening three minutes of the game, head coach George Mayienga switched things up to implement a woman-to-woman defence forcing the Rwandan side to turnover the ball and the resulting transitions helped the Lionesses to catch up with Rwanda and eventually lead 25-11. The rest is history.
This year’s Zone 5 FIBA AfroBasket Women’s qualifiers only attracted only 4 teams with South Sudan taking part in the competition for the first time, Kenya Egypt and host Rwanda were some of the Women’s teams that took part.
South Sudan was awarded the Fair Play Award as they made their first ever international debut at the FIBA Women’s AfroBasket 2021 Zone 5 Qualifiers.