Amazing moment teammates get into wild punch-up at Women’s Basketball World Cup press conference in Sydney
- Two Mali teammates have been filmed battling each other at the World Cup
- Salimatou Kourouma and Kamite Elisabeth Dabou were involved in the fight
- Several punches were thrown before the pair had to be separated
- The scene was filmed by Serbian news cameras and has quickly gone viral
Two Mali women’s basketball teammates have been filmed throwing punches at each other in wild scenes following their World Cup loss to Serbia in Sydney.
The violent brawl between Salimatou Kourouma and Kamite Elisabeth Dabou broke out during a post-match interview with Serbia’s Sasa Cado in the mixed zone and was captured by a Serbian news camera.
Kourouma is seen throwing at least three punches before teammates run in to break the pair apart in front of a shocked Cado.
Kourouma is contracted to Stade Malien, a professional team based in Mali’s capital Bamako, while Dabou plays for Center Dorinthie Basket.
Mali qualified for their second World Cup as a late replacement for Nigeria, who pulled out citing administrative difficulties surrounding the sport in their country.
The lowest-ranked side in the tournament at number 37 in the world, Mali have lost their first four matches in the tournament and are no longer in contention for the knockout stages.
Salimatou Kourouma, pictured in Mali’s match against Japan earlier in the tournament, was involved in a fight with a teammate
The Malians have been somewhat competitive in patches, but a 118-58 loss to Australia was a low point. They still have to play Group B leaders Canada, who were unbeaten until Monday night’s thrilling three-point defeat to the Opals.
FIBA did not immediately return the request for comment.
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