Astonishing moment Mali teammates get into a brawl during Women’s Basketball World Cup in Sydney 

Astonishing moment teammates get into a wild punch-up at a press conference during the Women’s Basketball World Cup in Sydney

  • Two Mali teammates have been filmed fighting each other at the World Cup
  • Salimatou Kourouma and Kamite Elisabeth Dabou were involved in the scuffle 
  • 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 scuffle 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 with Stade Malien, a professional team based in Mali’s capital city Bamako, while Dabou plays for Centre Dorinthie Basket.

Mali qualified for their second World Cup as a late replacement for Nigeria, who pulled out citing administrative difficulties around the sport in their country.

The lowest-ranked side at the tournament at number 37 in the world, Mali have lost their first four games of the tournament and are no longer in contention for the knockout stage.

Salimatou Kourouma, pictured in Mali’s match against Japan earlier in the tournament, was involved in a punch-up with a teammate

The Malians have been somewhat competitive in patches but a 118-58 loss to Australia was a low-point. They are still to play Group B co-leaders Canada, who were undefeated until Monday night’s thrilling three-point defeat to the Opals.

FIBA did not immediately return request for comment.

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