28 July, 2023
05 August
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Nigeria or Senegal: Who will be crowned 2023 FIBA Women's AfroBasket champions?


KIGALI (Rwanda) –There's so much at stake in the 2023 FIBA Women's AfroBasket Final that it could enter the history books as one of the most evenly-matched Finals.

From experienced to talented players, this year's Women's AfroBasket Final is a must-watch game. It will come to an end on Saturday, August 5, with the final clash between Nigeria and Senegal.


Fans wanting to attend games at BK Arena in Kigali can purchase tickets on the online platform TICQET, according to the Rwandan Basketball Federation (FERWABA). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS.

Another option to watch the 2023 Women's AfroBasket is on COURTSIDE 1891.

Both teams have exceeded expectations by reaching the Championship Game and will give all they have to bring home the most coveted trophy of women’s basketball in Africa.

This game will also go down in history as the one that gave Senegal its 12th continental crown, or that saw Nigeria lift the trophy for the fourth edition in a row to become only the second nation to have done so after... Senegal in 1974, 1977, 1979 and 1981.

So, hold on to your seats and get ready for the final showdown.

Before it tips off, FIBA.basketball brings you some facts and figures about the two finalists.


Nigeria have had a smooth start to their tournament and have kept a perfect record since they set foot on the court at the BK Arena.

Their 2023 FIBA Women's AfroBasket saw them finish with significant victories over DR Congo, Egypt, Mozambique and Rwanda.

Senegal, on the other hand, are on a 3-2 series.

While the lionesses suffered losses against Uganda and Mali, they subsequently brought some changes to their habits and overcame Egypt, Cameroon and Mali to make it to the Final.


The 2023 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket will be a remake of the 2019 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket that was hosted by Senegal. Nigeria won their second straight title after seeing off the hosts 60-55 in a packed Dakar Arena.

They would later meet again, this time at the 2021 FIBA Women’s AfroBasket Semi-Finals in Yaounde, Cameroon, and Nigeria would once again walk away with flawless victory 73-63.

Nigeria would later claim the famous three-peat in the capital city of Cameroon.


Between them, these two countries share 16 titles. But the most decorated team is Senegal, who have won the trophy 11 times, in 1974, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1984, 1990, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2009 and 2015.

Nigeria have been on top of women’s basketball in Africa five times: 2003, 2005, 2017, 2019 and 2021. Who will add another trophy to their cabinet on August 5?


Both team captains have known the honor of winning the Women’s AfroBasket Finals.

Aya Traore, Senegal's captain, has been to six editions of the tournament (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017), played in four finals and was crowned MVP twice (2009, 2015).

Sarah Ogoke, the Nigerian captain, has also featured in five Women’s AfroBasket (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021).

Left out of Nigeria's Tokyo 2020 squad, Ogoke reached the Finals three times and has yet to lose one. This will be her seventh appearance at the Women’s AfroBasket, just like her Senegalese counterpart.


Along with the experienced captains, a number of other players have also been to different editions of the FIBA Women's AfroBasket.

Oumoul Sarr

Among them, Oumoul Saar, Couna Dao, Yacine Diop and Fatou Dieng have all suited up for Senegal in the past editions of the tournament.

Amy Okonkwo, Pallas Kuyani-Akpanah and Nicole Enabosi have heeded Nigeria's call when it was time to defend the country at the competition.


Cierra Dillard

Two players have stood out for their respective teams.

Cierra Dillard has been instrumental in Senegal's comeback, averaging 21 points per game, while Amy Okonkwo has led the charge for Nigeria with an average 18.3 points per game.

Amy Okonkwo

The battle between the two sharpshooters promises to be epic. Who will lead their country to continental glory ?


Rena Wakama is the only female head coach at the 2023 edition of FIBA’s flagship event for women.

And if she leads Nigeria to victory, she will be the first female coach to have accomplished this feat in the history of the FIBA Women's AfroBasket.

Rena Wakama

On the other hand, if Senegal wins the tournament, Moustapha Gaye will add another medal to his collection after the ones he gathered in 2009 and 2015.