Defending champion Tunisia has won the 2021 FIBA African Basketball Championship (Afrobasket) after defeating Cote d’Ivoire 78-75 in the final at the Kigali Arena in the Rwandan capital city on Sunday.

Tunisia won the game with a narrow margin after putting up a fight against Cote d’Ivoire in the final minutes as top scorer Salah Mejri contributed 22 points.

With 41 rebounds, 20 assists and 12 turnovers, the North African country becomes FIBA African champion for the second time in a row.

Cote d’Ivoire scored 38 rebounds, 14 assists and 15 turnovers. Souleyman Diabate had a team-high 20 points but his effort was not good enough to avoid a defeat.

Earlier in the day, Senegal claimed the third spot, after seeing off Cape Verde 86-73 in the professional tournament that started from August 24 under strict COVID-19 guidelines.

The 30th FIBA Afrobasket tournament has attracted 16 teams of Kenya, DR Congo, Rwanda, Angola, Cape Verde, Nigeria, Mali, Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire, Uganda, Cameroon, Senegal, South Sudan, Egypt, Central African Republic and Guinea.