Bamako, Maputo to host 2018 FIBA Africa U18 Championships

Mathew Ochieng goes for basket during the game against Democratic Republic of Congo at the 2016 FIBA U18 Championship in Kigali, Rwanda.

FIBA Africa has confirmed Bamako and Maputo as the host cities for the 2018 U-18 FIBA Africa Championships for Men and Women.

Malian capital Bamako will organize the FIBA Africa U18 Championship from August 17-26, while Maputo (Mozambique) will host the Women’s Championship scheduled for July 29 – August 5.

Bamako will be hosting the FIBA Africa U18 Championship for the first time while Maputo will be organizing their first U18 Women’s Championship in more than two decades.

Kigali hosted the last boys’ tournament in 2016 in which Uganda came 9th with Angola winning the championship. Matthew Ochieng was the tournament’s top performers averaging over 19 points and 9 rebounds per game.

Team Uganda at the 2016 U18 Championship

Meanwhile, the girls’ tournament was hosted by Cairo, Egypt and shorthanded Uganda finished 8th with Melissa Akillu averaging just over 12 rebounds a game.

UCU Canons tactician Nick Natuhereza is the U18 coach and was in charge of the teams at both tournaments.

The two finalists at both tournaments will represent Africa at next year’s FIBA Basketball U19 World Championships.

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