SYDNEY — Two Mali gamers have apologized for combating within the combined zone following their loss to Serbia on Monday on the girls’s World Cup.

The scuffle between Salimatou Kourouma and Kamite Elisabeth Dabou occurred whereas they had been strolling by the postgame media space and was caught on film by Serbian media.

“We had been pissed off due to the loss so we’re right here to apologize to the world of basketball, FIBA, the World Cup,” Kourouma mentioned on the pair’s behalf after a loss to Canada on Tuesday. “We’re right here to apologize for the picture that was placed on social media. It was not our intention.”

FIBA is investigating the incident.

Kourouma threw just a few punches at Dabou earlier than their Mali teammates jumped in to interrupt them aside. The 2 performed within the Canada sport and coach Joaquin Brizuela mentioned he didn’t think about benching them as punishment.

“These had been two of our key gamers so regardless that it was a tragic incident, it was extra about that they needed to play basketball,” Brizuela mentioned. “We needed to play at a better degree, they usually did present that at this time.”

Mali certified for the World Cup as a late alternative for Nigeria, which had administrative points. The African nation has gone 0-5 within the World Cup, dropping by a median of 30 factors.

Mali has gained only one sport in its World Cup historical past, in 2010.

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