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Sellout crowd on hand to witness #FIBAU18Africa final day action in Maputo
MAPUTO (FIBA U18 Women's African Championship 2018) - Mozambicans are known for their passion for basketball, and on Sunday, a huge crowd soldout the Maxaquene Gymnasium for the final day of the FIBA U18 Women's African Championship 2018.
Mozambicans of all walks of life flocked to the emblematic venue in the capital Maputo to celebrate the success of women's basketball in the country.
And although the result wasn't exactly what local fans hoped for - after an 86-33 defeat to Mali - the Maxaquene Gymnasium - also known as Mozambique basketball Cathedral - was too small for a capacity crowd of more than 3,000 spectators.
Mozambique had an impressive campaign winning five of their six games, but it was Mali - undefeated in six games - who were crowned African champions for the seventh time.
Over one week, eight African countries - Angola, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Uganda battled it out for the two spots for next year's FIBA U19 Women's Basketball World Cup.
Eventually, the two finalists earned the right to represent the continent of Africa in next year's U19 World Cup showpiece.