Two members of the Malian women’s basketball team battled it out on Monday after their latest loss in what was thus far a winless appearance at the women’s World Cup.
The brief, on-camera scuffle took place in the post-match media area after the team was defeated 81-68 by Serbia, videos posted online and shows on social media.
One player even tried to make contact with a few haymakers before other teammates rushed in to break the ugly situation, according to footage captured by Serbian media during a player interview.
FIBA, the international basketball board, has opened an investigation into the incident between ballers Salimatou Kourouma and Kamite Elisabeth Dabou.
The scuffle took place in the media area after the loss of Mali.YouTube | Sports club
Both players have averaged less than 10 points per game as the sad Mali team lost each of their four games by an average of 30 points.
Earlier in the tournament, Mali lost to Australia by no less than 60 points.
FIBA has launched an investigation into the fight.YouTube | Sports club
The African country originally didn’t even have a chance to compete on the world stage, but was a late entry to replace Nigeria, which had administrative problems.
Mali closes their tournament on Tuesday against Canada.
If they win, it would be the country’s first World Cup win since 2010, when the team finished 1-4.
With Post wires