This is a must-win game for both Kenya and Mali, the winner is going to finish third in Group C while the loser will be eliminated from the tournament. The teams will square off to acquire their first victory in a high-stakes matchup. More about KEN vs MAL Dream 11 will be given below.
Mali’s biggest issue has been their defense as they have allowed 171 points in two games while only scoring 140 in their responses to Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria. Even though both teams are offensive powerhouses, the defense could have been tighter for the Mali team who are not making up it at the offensive side, shooting only around 30%. Meanwhile, Kenya has struggled even more on offense collecting a net total of 125 points in the two games while playing a touch better defense than Mali, allowing 159 points. However, it is clear both teams are struggling at either end so it is difficult to judge who has an edge here. Kenya is hunting for their first AfroBasket win since 1993! So will they be able to finally get in the win column after 28 years,
Match Timing: 29 August, @ 03:30 PM
Venue: Kigali Arena
Kigali Arena is the venue of the event, which is in Kigali, Rwanda.
Games: 02| 02
Wins: 00| 00
Defeats: 02| 02
Points: 02| 02
+/-: -34| -31
Dream 11 Lineup
PG: S Kanoute(SP), S Khaemba
SG: P Tandina, T Ongwae(PP)
SF: A Odero
PF: B M Diarouma, F Okoth
C: I Djambo
Albert Odera(last match stats)
Siriman Kanoute(last match stats)
*stats from the last game*
1. Albert Odero
Odero is a prototypical Small Forward who likes to drive inside and also posses decent mid-range jumpers. He was on fire against Nigeria going for 10/15 on the floor and also grabbing eight rebounds along the way. Odero is a candidate as the Super-Player in the Dream11 Fantasy basketball scenario.
2. Siriman Kanoute
Siriman is just a 19-year-old Point Guard who has a lovely range and is also emerging as a decent passer. In the game against Cote d’Ivoire, he shot 4 out of 8 from distance and led the team in scoring.
3. Tylor Ongwae
Tylor is a Small Forward who has the green light to shoot and uses it to the fullest mostly. However, his shot was off against Nigeria as he shot 0/7 from three and 2/13 from the field after having a 25 points outing in the first game. Perhaps he needs to drive more but the Nigerian defense is sturdy so he may have more opportunities to score against a relatively weak defense of Kenya.
4. Benke Diarouma
Benke is a typical Power Forward who revels on the rebounding end and only opts for high-quality looks inside or open jumpers, making him a highly efficient player. Diarouma is aggressive on the offensive boards and devoured 6 rebounds against Cote d’Ivoire.
5. Okall Koranga
Okall is primarily a rebounder for the Kenya team and grabbed two offensive boards versus Nigeria.
06. N’faly Kanoute
07. Valentine Onyango Nyakinda
08. Abdoul Karim Coulibaly
09. Fidel Okoth
10. Ibrahim Djambo
BENCH: Griffin Ligare, Valentina Onyango Nyakinda, Fidel Okoth, Ronald Gombe, Albert Odero, Erick Rueben Mutoro, Okall Koranga.
Kenya Squad: Griffin Ligare, Eric Rueben Mutoro, Ronald Gambe, Tom Wamukota, Desmond Owili, Situma Khaemba, Victor Maisiba Bosire, Fidel Okoth, Tylor Ongwae, Albert Odero, Valentina Onyango Nyakinda, Okall Koranga.
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BENCH: Mamdou Keita, Abdramane Camara, Abdoul Karim Coulibaly, Siriman Kanoute, Soumaila Sissouma, Namakan Traore, N-faly Kanoute.
Mali Squad: Boubacar Fadiala Sidibe, Ibrahim Djambo, Benke Diarouma, Mamadou Keita, Mahamadou Kante, Papa Tandina, Abdramane Camara, Abdoul Karim Coulibaly, Siriman Kanoute, Soumaila Sissouma, Namakan Traore, N-faly Kanoute.
Catch the live stream on LBTV Afrobasket and follow the score on fiba.basketball. Game Highlights can be enjoyed on FIBA’s official Youtube channel
No Indian TV channel shows the game but the replay and live stream can be seen on Youtube.